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  1. I saw this in the Okavango Delta in Botswana in May 2018 and am just now trying to figure out which Sunbird it is. I am quite sure it is a female, and my current candidates are Marico, Amethyst, or Scarlet-chested. The photo is a little difficult since it foreshortens the bill and does not show enough underparts to see if there is some yellow on them. It's also hard to determine how much of a white streak there is over the eye. Any ideas? Thanks so much!
  2. Thanks for the information--it's helpful to have another field ID (the white edging on the coverts particularly). Next time I see one I hope to be able to get the ID right away!
  3. Florida, January. The spots look larger to me than I would expect on a Yellow-crown Night Heron, so I'm thinking Black-crowned. But the beak is dark without the yellow like a Black-crowned would have. Which one would this be? Any other field marks I should be looking for? Thanks as always!
  4. This duck was swimming with a group of white domestic ducks and mallards and another duck that was all dark with lots of dark green on the head (seen in the middle of the "group picture") . Is this some sort of domestic breed? I cannot find anything in my bird book that would suggest that this is a wild duck of some kind (or that the green one is a wild duck either). Any ideas?
  5. Saw this a while back (September) in Maine. Is it a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk? The in-flight picture shows fewer tail bands than I would expect in a Red-tailed. Thanks!
  6. April, Central Massachusetts. Are these a male (2 pictures) and a female Goldfinch (1 picture) molting into breeding plumage? (Female without the black forehead)
  7. Thanks, all. I had read about the torreyi/alabamensis subspecies and wondered if that might apply as well, so thanks for the confirmation, Akandula.
  8. Charleston, SC in February. Could this be a female Boat-tailed Grackle? Size, tawny chest, dark wings, long tail were my field ID clues, but I don't see these where I live and am not that familiar with them even if they are common where they usually hang out. Thanks.
  9. Are these immature or female Palm Warblers or something else? southern Florida, February. These birds without really obvious identifying markings are always hard for me--need to develop a better sense of subtlety, I guess! Thanks for any help!
  10. Central Massachusetts, mid-May. Could this be a Veery? I was hearing them in the area. Sorry about the shadow line over its head--it was the only shot I had!
  11. Central Massachusetts, mid-May. Could this be a female Common Yellowthroat? The only other thing I can come up with is an immature Yellow Warbler, but the pinkish legs seem more like a Yellowthroat. Any other possibilities? Thanks!
  12. Could this be a Nashville Warbler? Central Massachusetts, May. Yellow throat and grey head and eye ring and touch of red on the crown were my ID clues, but warblers are tough for me! Thanks!
  13. 1. Chipping Sparrow (rusty cap, dark eye line) 2. Eastern Phoebe (but it didn't do tail flipping)--or perhaps it is an Eastern Wood Peewee? It seems too brown for the Peewee and wouldn't there be wing bars on a Peewee? Both seen in spring in Central Massachusetts. Thanks for helping. I'm trying to get better at doing IDs with my bird book, but I am sometimes not confident with what I come up with!
  14. The dark head makes me think a 1st winter Franklin's Gull, but my bird book says it's rare where I saw it--Sanibel Island in Florida in January. Could it be a Bonaparte's Gull? Something else? Thanks!
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