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  1. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  2. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  3. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  4. The pictures are of the same bird, but hard for me to tell which Chiffchaff it is. The way the pale yellow extends into the cheeks, and the legs which seem black but have lighter feet as can happen with Iberian, and the pretty clear and yellow supercillium make me think Iberian. Seen in Northern Spain in early September. It was hopping around in brush beside a stream. Thanks for any ideas.
  5. Thanks for the information. I looked at better pictures of the Short-tailed Snake Eagle (called Short-toed in the very limited book of birds of Spain that I have), and that certainly seems a reasonable ID. The tail bands really had me leaning against Buzzard or Booted Eagle, so it's good to have the ID.
  6. I am pretty sure that the first one is a Booted Eagle and the second is a Common Buzzard. Having a hard time with the third--the tail bands make me think it might be a Eurasian Sparrowhawk, but perhaps it's one of the other two--a juvenile or a different morph or something else altogether? Confirmation of the Eagle and Buzzard and ideas about the one I can't identify would be much appreciated. Seen late summer in northern Spain. Didn't have my longer lens on the trip, so the pictures are not great. Happy New Year, fellow birders!
  7. I have a hard time with some sparrow identifications, especially when the photos are not as clear as I would like. Can you help with this one? Maybe a juvenile field sparrow (pink bill) or song sparrow (raggedy forked tail) or tree sparrow (streaking and dark area on breast)? I think the pink bill is throwing me off. Seen in July in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Thanks for your ideas!
  8. Thanks to all! I learn so much from these posts and enjoy looking at other people's posts as well (sometimes I see if I can identify the bird in someone's post and then check my answer against the knowledgeable people who respond).
  9. Sighted 9/22/21 in southern Maine on a small freshwater lake. I believe they are female and immature Hooded Mergansers (lower mandible is yellowish on female, body mostly brownish on both), but could they possibly be female and immature Red-breasteds? The bills seem to me too dark and thick for RB's. Sorry the pictures are not ideal--the birds were a bit far away for my lens, the day was overcast, and the birds were pretty backlit. Is the last picture a female Merlin (sighted hunting at same lake)? Thanks for any help!
  10. And now I am noticing the white strip extending at the rear of the face--perhaps another ID hint. Thanks for the help. I always learn something new on Whatbird (sometimes just how much of a newbie I am compared to others who have so much knowledge at their fingertips!).
  11. I saw this off the coast of Maine near Portland October 18. It was diving frequently and was all by itself other than a few eiders in the area. It looks like a Common Loon to me--either immature or non-breeding adult, but I am puzzled by the yellow on the bill. Does the yellow mean it's an immature one or have I got the ID wrong to begin with? It was a bit too far for my lens so the image is a bit blurry. Thanks!
  12. I think it looks more like Blue-chested than the others mentioned. And my Birds of Costa Rica book notes that the female Blue-chested has "a relatively long, straight bill with pink basal half of lower mandible." A couple of the pictures would seem to show that. And this bird's range would include this area. Thanks for the help! Bird identification detective work is really fun! I also got a picture of the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (mentioned in earlier responses) at La Selva. Picture is attached.
  13. Here are some other views. Do these views help narrow it down?
  14. Seen in December in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica at La Selva Biological Station. Having a hard time identifying this. Perhaps it is an immature (note head and back feathers that don't seem to have fully developed color yet), or perhaps it is molting? Thanks for any ideas!
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