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  1. Common Nighthawks flap their wings a lot! This "flappy" behavior is an ID characteristic, as compared to soaring or strong full wing flaps of most raptors. They also have an unusual "Peeent" sound if you stop to listen. Cool Bird!
  2. That is so cool. I looked at Rich Media files on eBird and almost all the House Finches are yellow/orange in Hawaii. Hopefully my feeders will "redden" him back up for the next molt. Thanks.
  3. I've seen yellow Cardinals before but this is my first House Finch with strange pigmentation. The large cheek patch in picture # 3 almost looks like a female Purple Finch.
  4. Beautiful Pigeon. This could be a racing pigeon. I am sure someone around here knows more about domestic pigeons.
  5. I agree Rock Pigeon is a good guess. I looked in your area and there are Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gull at Cedar Lake and Lemon Lake near you. All three like to perch on roof tops. Try to get that picture up.
  6. These birds are great to flock to feeders. If you don't have one, put one up!
  7. The Moderator calls it a Red-breasted Merganser
  8. eBird says Hooded is typical and Common Merganser is Rare. I will post the pics with Hooded and see what my local moderator has to say about it. Thanks
  9. At a distance it's hard to tell. I would think my bird was bigger than a Hooded Merganser. But there was nothing to compare it to. It flew with constant shallow beats.
  10. I was thinking the same but the double wing bars through me off. Maybe a juvenile?
  11. Central Mississippi farm pond. It was good Duck habitat with Mallards and Black Bellied Whistlers around. This one was off by itself on a little mud island.
  12. I have fallen for the House Sparrow out of it's native habitat (supermarket parking lot) before. Makes you feel like a fool. Well, join the club. 🙂
  13. Let me second guess myself by offering a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It is very secretive and I have never seen one at a feeder but a possibility.
  14. Welcome to Whatbird! In general, there is no Grackle sized, black bird with white under tail that is native to Virginia. Some possibilities in order of my opinion of what you saw; 1. Grackles are iridescent and what you really saw was glossy light reflection rather than light feathers. 2. The bird had a leucistic (white) spot. Leucism is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation. 3. The bird could be someone's exotic pet that has escaped, like a Pied Currawong native to Australia 4. The chances are slim that you have Magpie that far east but stranger things have happened. Try to get a pic if it comes back.
  15. Nice picture. It makes it easy to pick apart the subtle differences between Least, Alders, Acadian, Willow etc. But even then the bird may be juvenile or the light might be a little off. I still think the only sure way to tell them apart is by their call. The Acadian gives a simple "Peesweet". This time of the year they are pretty vocal. You could go back and listen for and ID.
  16. Black-billed Magpie? Very aggressive and known for dive bombing people during nesting. But it is not a small bird.
  17. I agree with Spring Peeper (frog). Looks like great habitat for Rails though!
  18. Hey Joe, I tried to listen to your marsh bird but the link to Vimeo said I had "unauthorized access." Sadly, I hear that a lot in the field. I looked up Fort Forrester Park in eBird and there is a multitude of waterfoul being reported. Grebes and Loons make all kinds of strange sounds. One family of birds not being reported is Rail. This is not too unusual as they often are in thick reeds and hard to see. If you are looking out over a large area of Cat Tails/reeds you might be hearing Rails. Most common for you would be Clapper Rail, Sora, King Rail, and Virginia Rail. Google those birds and listen to their sounds. Look for them mornings and evenings on mud flats when the tide is out. My best guess would be Clapper Rail. Be the first to report them at Kittery Point!
  19. Eastern Wood Pewee would have a darker head, no eyering and a bit of a vest. Cant really see the vest in front but this clearly has an eyering. I stick with Acadian.
  20. With that half wing bar, I will say Acadian Flycatcher. I have one locally I have watched for the past three summers. It arrived about three weeks ago. It is mostly silent but gives a single "Peesweet" just to let me know that he knows I'm there. Great pics!
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