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  1. 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).
  2. 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!
  3. 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!).
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Here are some other views. Do these views help narrow it down?
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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!
  16. April, Central Massachusetts. Are these a male (2 pictures) and a female Goldfinch (1 picture) molting into breeding plumage? (Female without the black forehead)
  17. Thanks, all. I had read about the torreyi/alabamensis subspecies and wondered if that might apply as well, so thanks for the confirmation, Akandula.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
  24. 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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