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  1. With the narrower bills and slightly less chunky bodies, the green and gray warbler finches seem like such outliers when you look at the other Galapagos finches. I'm glad my speculation was right on this one--thanks for confirming it!
  2. This pandemic is giving me time to look over pictures I have taken on several trips. I am having a hard time with ID's for some of the finches of the Galapagos, a trip we took in 2016. The first picture was taken on the island of Espanola (maybe a green or grey warbler-finch?). The second picture was on Floreana, the third on San Christobel, and the last on South Plaza. It would be fitting for the last one to be a Cactus Finch given where it is perched, but I thought the male Cactus Finch had a dark beak (I assume this is a male with the black body). I believe the female finches tend to be more brown with streaking. Thanks for any help on these ID's!
  3. Central Massachusetts. My daughter-in-law sent this today. She said it was pretty large. Is it a juvenile Cooper's? Those tail bands and the large size make me think it is, but could it be a Sharp-shinned? Or something else entirely? Thanks!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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?
  8. 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!
  9. April, Central Massachusetts. Are these a male (2 pictures) and a female Goldfinch (1 picture) molting into breeding plumage? (Female without the black forehead)
  10. Thanks, all. I had read about the torreyi/alabamensis subspecies and wondered if that might apply as well, so thanks for the confirmation, Akandula.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. Thanks very much! Next time I am at Fakahatchee I will be on the lookout to see if I can get a sharper picture.
  19. This little beauty was way too fast for me to get a good photo, but perhaps these two blurry ones will be enough to identify it. I saw it at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in southern Florida in January. The only thing I can think that it might be is a Northern Parula, and since I have never seen one of those I could very well be wrong. The gray back and yellow throat with the orange stripe across the chest and the two white wing bars are what I relied on to take a guess after perusing my bird book for a while. Any thoughts>? Thanks!
  20. Thanks! I always feel better if i have at least got close to an ID, and every time I ID something myself or get help with the ID I learn something for next time.
  21. Sorry about how bad this picture is--this bird did not want to cooperate at all! I can't tell from the parts I can see what this is. Maybe a female Common Yellowthroat or an immature Yellow? This was at Merritt Island in Florida in January. I am not sure if this would be a place to see a Yellow. I see a hint of yellow at the top of its wing. Thanks!
  22. Thank you very much! I think that might be the fastest answer I have ever had on this site!
  23. Perhaps Semipalmated or Least or Spotted?. Bunche Beach, Florida, January Thanks for any ideas!
  24. Are the first three Yellow-rumped? Also--I can't figure out the 4th one, and any suggestions would be appreciated. All seen in Florida in January. Thank you!
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