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Tony Leukering

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  1. The nail of the lower-left bird's bill is small and parallel-sided = Lesser (and also strongly suggests that the bird is a male, as females tend to have the entire tip of the bill black)
  2. Note also the thin pale edge of the tail in pic #1.
  3. Brewer's Brewer's Vesper Brewer's Vesper and Brewer's Cassin's is ruled out in pic #3 by the entire length of the outermost tail feathers being white -- Vesper.
  4. The bird in the first three pix is an adult (white wing bars, worn plumage) so, given that the bill is nearly entirely black, it has to be an Eastern Phoebe.
  5. If it's a Catharus thrush in the first half of March in the US, it's a Hermit Thrush. Scroll down to the thrushes on the eBird North Carolina bar charts: https://ebird.org/barchart?r=US-NC&yr=all&m=
  6. Males have obviously black wings, females have dark brown wings. I'd go male on all of 'em.
  7. The bill is way too long and deep for a kinglet of any sort and the obvious white fringes to the greater coverts also rule out kinglets. Cassin's Kingbird -- the white bit on the face ends at the back of the eye and ends in a sharp demarcation, neither of which feature is typical of Western Kingbird.
  8. Head shape is not useful in ID of flying scaup -- see https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/197612821#_ga=2.103354245.406538177.1584320260-1184313056.1549327880 (About this photo, note that Greater is unknown from El Salvador.) Wing pattern is very useful, though best from the top side, not the underside, as mostly presented here. However, the lack of inner secondaries with obvious white -- rather than gray (that is, continuing the obvious white stripe from the secondaries) strongly suggests that these are all Lessers. Additionally, Greater would be a bit out-of-the-ordinary at Brookville.
  9. Field guides illustrate these species well. I don't know what would have sent you down the Merlin rabbit hole, but the only things that your bird shares with Merlin are yellow toes and dark eyes, and Merlins have nearly black eyes, not dark brown.
  10. The first bird has curved central upper-tail coverts -- a Mallard feature common in hybrids. The second bird may be leucistic or have some domestic antecedents.
  11. Crane flapping flight is distinctive, as the upbeat is faster than the downbeat, the latter being the typical faster beat in other birds. This flight style is another feature that shows that Limpkin is related to cranes.
  12. Note the syntax of this species' name -- Black-necked Stilt. It's a stilt with a black neck, not a black stilt with a neck. "Black" and "necked" form a compound adjective and modify "stilt" together, not independently. Note also that it is "Great Crested Flycatcher," not "Great-crested Flycatcher," as the species certainly lacks a "great crest." Instead, it is a large flycatcher with a crest, so "great" and "crested" are modifying "flycatcher" independently of each other.
  13. Adults usually have at least a few spots below; I'd bet on an immature, but the photos are not definitive in that vein.
  14. https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/93.pdf
  15. The bird is named for a plant (specifically, Wax Myrtle, a favored winter food of Myrtle Warbler, which have a special capability to digest the berries), not for a woman == Myrtle
  16. There is Brandt's Cormorant and Brant. I don't think that there would be hybrids involving both species.
  17. https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf
  18. https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/76.pdf
  19. If we could see the jowls -- as we can on the bird to its immediate left (which is certainly a GRSC), then possibly. It doesn't look notably smaller than the bird to its left, but I wouldn't trust that with this photo.
  20. This looks like a typical worn, bleached juvenile Eastern Red-tailed. That belly band is outside of the range of variation of juv Krider's, at least as far as I know it, which isn't all that far.
  21. #4 has no pale on base of mandible, nor much obvious orange in primaries, so I'd go with Dusky-capped over Great Crested. If it's not Panama Fly.
  22. Finally, it is wearing juvenile plumage, so is a juvenile.
  23. Intriguing, but probably not definitively identifiable. Possibly a Thayer's Gull, though Herring much more likely. Not a Ring-billed.
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