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  1. A warm summer morning on August 27, 2018 at 7:10am I was walking the dog prior to heading into the office. As I turned a corner I heard a woodpecker so I grabbed my phone to snap a photo. I did manage to get a few but the lighting was wrong and the dog impatient so I left without a good photo. It was a silhouette and I forgot about it and never looked it up. (1st photo below) Fast forward 2 years to July 30, 2020 at 9:33am. I was walking the dog and turned the corner to very load bird calls and find a woodpecker on a light pole just 3 houses further down than the one 2 years prior. Again
  2. In a remote area of the Kissimmee Preserve State Park I was actually keeping an eye out for Florida Grasshopper Sparrows which are native there and while filming a Meadowlark I spotted these birds nearby. The birds are catching the first direct sun of the day so the light may be a little tricky with the true coloring and the screen grabs from the video not so great and to my non-expert eyes inconclusive as to ID. The most noteworthy thing in the sharp morning light in real time was the bright clean breasts and cream stripe in the center of the head weak white eye ring. Quality is probably no
  3. Tuesday morning (Nov 17) I was walking the dog at 10am in Largo Fl ( on the gulf coast). We have the Gulf of Mexico on one side 10 miles away and Tampa Bay on the other also 10 miles away. I saw a large flock of birds in the distance the struck me as strange int their behavior. Several neighbors outside at the same time took videos of them. There were several things that were unusual. First the shear number of birds. We have many birds in the area including some Canadian Geese which pass overhead but never a flock of this size. It’s difficult from the photos to know their size but
  4. These pics were taken before I started birding. Some are incidental inclusions in family photos. I am trying to retrospectively ID them. Any help is appreciated. 17 July 2008 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 1. ?Herring Gull ?California Gull? ??? 2. Gull sp vs spp 3. ? I thought it might be grackle sp., but are there grackle spp in the area? June 2009 Marion co. FL 1. Immature Great Blue Heron (L), ?Ring-Necked Duck (R) 2. ?Heron sp. vs. Sandhill Crane--bill looks small for heron, but I don't see the "Bustle" for crane; t
  5. Hello, After reviewing my photos from my seawatch at Cape Canaveral in Florida today, I found this bird. I remember when I first saw it, it looked smaller than a northern gannet, and was oddly heading out to sea, unlike all the gannets who were heading south. Its flight pattern seemed to be a bit different too. The wings match a masked booby (black sleeves), and so does the tail, but I don't see the mask. Also, the head is not yellow like a gannet, but that might just be the quality of the photo.
  6. Hello, Today I saw these ducks flying over the ocean in Florida. I cannot tell if they are female blacks, female Surfs, or nonbreeding ruddy ducks. I assume blacks, but they look a bit different than the other black scoters I saw, plus they were heading south while the blacks were heading north. I added a second photo of black scoters I took just to compare them too.
  7. Jun 2017 Pinellas co FL I may have posted this previously, but I cannot find the post. I had originally called it a Great Black-Backed Gull, but the ebird reviewer felt it was a Kelp Gull. At some point after he contacted me, they dispatched people to the area where I photographed it, but could not locate it, so the reviewer suggested I count it as "Larus sp." He (the gull not the reviewer :D) seemed exhausted and spent most of the time just sitting on the beach while throngs of other species milled about.
  8. Hello, Today there were some very strong NE winds at Cape Canaveral in Florida, so I took advantage of it by watching the sea. I saw tons and tons of Gannets and Jaegers (at least 100 jaegers!). However, I am really bad with Jaeger IDs. I took a lot of photos, and all the birds just look like Pomarine Jaegers to me. I was wondering if someone can help me and see if there are any parasitic jaegers in these photos (I know none of them are long-tailed, because they all look too big)? Also, any tips for separating the two if there are? The first picture almost looks exactly like this p
  9. Hello, Simple one today, just making sure this florida bird is a gray cheeked thrush. No prominent eye ring, and grayish cheeks. Also, my flash went off when I took this photo, so that's why its so illuminated. I feel bad, because I'm scared it can hurt birds, but he seemed to not even care. What's the general consensus on flash vs birds? Is it bad?
  10. Hello, Today I saw 3 tanagers in Florida, and I cannot tell if this one is a scarlet or summer. The darker wings and shorter beak make me think female scarlet.
  11. Hello, Today there were some strong winds along the central Florida coast, so I did a bit of a seawatch. I'm pretty sure photos A and B are Cory's Shearwaters, they hung close to the water, and had distinct yellow bills. Photo C is juvenile Northern Gannet (or booby?) Photo D I think is just a first winter laughing gull, I just want to be sure. It's wings look unique. Photo E I have no idea. Sorry for the quality, it was very far out. Its wings look too short to be a laughing gull, and too thick to be a tern's.
  12. Hello, I'm helping out a friend and posting their photos here. This bird was seen along Florida's East Coast. I'm pretty sure its an immature peregrine due to the strong sideburn, but I may be wrong. Thanks for the help!
  13. Hello, Many weeks ago, a tropical storm brought in many pelagic birds closer to shore than usual along the eastern coast of Florida. I thought this bird was a Parasitic Jaeger, due to the lack of the long center tail feather, but someone else thinks its a Pomarine. Which one do you think it is guys?
  14. Hello, This bird was seen high in a cypress tree in Central Florida, and I'm not sure what it is. I'm thinking female black-throated blue warbler, but any ideas would be great. Sadly this is the only photo I have.
  15. Hello, Migration is peaking right now in central Florida, and I have been hearing tons of Acadian Flycatchers. Today I saw this flycatcher, but it looked very small, so I was wondering if it was either an acadian or least. It did not vocalize, but I'm pretty sure its an Acadian, due to the big beak, but it just felt so small; though, that might have been due to distance.
  16. Hello, Raptors are migrating through south Florida now, and here's one I can't seem to identify. If anyone could help, and explain the difference between the two similar birds that would be great!
  17. Hello, Fall migration has been picking up in central Florida and so have the thrushes. I am pretty sure this is a gray cheeked thrush, but it looks kind of ruddy, but that may be an affect from editing the photo. If someone could let me know which one this is that would be great and the best way to tell the two apart in low light situations like this.
  18. Hello, On 9-18-2020 in central Florida, I saw this flycatcher when kayaking through a creek. It was quite far, so I could not judge size, and it never vocalized. I'm aiming towards acadian flycatcher, as it has an eyering and least flycatchers are rare here. If anyone would know, that would be great!
  19. Hello, Currently there is a tropical storm offshore of central Florida, so I watched from the shore hoping to see birds blown in. One bird was far out and I could not identify it. Please look at the attached image. The body shape reminds me of a tern, but the long black wingtips are what's confusing me. Any ideas of what it could be?
  20. Greetings, Yesterday at Fort Desoto Park, Florida, I saw these two small terns side-by-side within a huge flock of royal terns. Image 1 appears to be a common tern, due to the black wingtips, grayer belly (kind of hard to tell by the pic), and longer beak. Image 2 appears to be a forster tern due to the lighter wingtips and shorter beak. If I'm correct, is it normal for the two to flock? Common terns are quite uncommon (ironic) in Florida; thus, I'm not used to seeing them.
  21. Hello, Today I visited a bridge in central Florida where barn swallows and cliff swallows are known to roost; however rarely, cave swallows are seen here too. Today I saw this swallow (Image 1) which I believe is a cave swallow. Note the orange forehead and paler cheeks. Compare it to image 2 which I am for sure is a cliff swallow (Note the darker cheeks and paler forehead). The strangest part was both were landing on the same nest. Thanks for the help!
  22. Greetings, This photo was taken on August 8, 2017. Upon looking at the photo again many years later, I did not even notice the second raptor! I am assuming the top bird is a Short-tailed hawk (Correct me if I'm wrong); however, the bottom one is giving me trouble. I want to say it's a dark morph short tailed, but its barred belly is giving me trouble.
  23. Today I saw this Sandpiper in Port Charlotte, Florida when looking for a white-rumped sandpiper. I am assuming it is a western sandpiper; however, I am just posting this here to be certain. Thanks (I am referring to the bird in focus in the picture, not the least sandpiper)
  24. Hello, 1. I have taken pictures of this migrating thrush along the west coast of Florida. However, I cannot decide if its a gray-cheeked thrush or a swainson's thrush. The buffiness makes me think swainson's but the eye ring looks a bit faint, so it may be a gray-cheeked. If anyone could help that would be great! 2. Not as good of a photo, but I found this photo taken last October during fall migration in Central Florida. I'm pretty sure this one is a swainson's because its eyering is pretty distinct. 3. I'm 90% Sure this one is a Gray Cheeked. Dull Color, Basically no eye
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