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  1. First taken Tuesday, second and third taken today, 50Kms east of Toronto.  I believe the first is a Caspian Tern - hard to make out the legs, but since they don't seem to be red, I'm guessing Caspian.  For the second and third pictures, I assumed based on location that it was a Common Tern, but upon closer inspection I'm thinking it may be Forsters - bill looks more orange with distinctive black tip.

    Caspian 2.jpg

    Forsters 3.JPG

    Forsters 4.JPG

  2. 6 hours ago, mills0000 said:

    I would argue they aren't completely useless, just a minor piece of information to compliment an ID. For example, both lesser and greater scaup can have greenish iridescence (the visibility of which is often variable depending on the lighting..) making it an unreliable field mark, but only lesser scaup have purplish iridescence (in my understanding).

    Always nice to see a response that is informative and helpful as opposed to one that is condescending and cantankerous. Thanks, mills0000. ?

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  3. Hoping that I can confirm that this is a Lesser Scaup based on the peak at the back of the head, and lack of greenish iridescence.  It was very windy today, and coming from behind the bird so that is giving me pause to confirm Lesser.  You will note in the second picture that the feathers on top of the head are clearly being blown up by the wind.  Taken today about 50Kms East of Toronto. 

    Male 1.jpg

    Male 2.jpg

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  4. Both seen today in Oshawa about 30 mins east of Toronto.  I note that the black bird doesn't have any glossy or iridescent feathers.  Makes me think it is a Rusty Blackbird, and not a Grackle.  For the duck, I keep thinking I've got an American Black Duck but when I get home to check it's either a Female Mallard or Female Gadwall.  Hoping this is a Male ABD this time.

    Rusty 1.jpg

    Rusty 2.jpg


  5. Saw this yesterday and today, about 50Km east of Toronto.  At first I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk, but today I noticed that it seemed small for a hawk.  Also thought he was munching on a rabbit (there are lots in our area) until I looked closely at the picture and noticed the feathers. 

    Merlin 1.jpg

    Merlin 2.jpg

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