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  1. 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.



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  2. 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!

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  3. 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!




  4. 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!





  5. 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!


  6. 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.


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  7. 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!



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  8. 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!


  9. 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!_MG_8992_edited-1-1.thumb.jpg.e848f398e5ccc11e2e90c0c24bec8809.jpg

  10. 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?



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