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First time in this part of the country, wanted to double-check on some birds I saw. Taken 11/17-11/18 in/near City Park. Thanks for your help!

1. loggerhead shrikes?

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2. flycatcher - eastern phoebe perhaps?

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3. geese - greater white fronted? (there were many domestic in the park as well)

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4. ducks - ring necked and greater scaup (the group was in a different park of the park from the individual)

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5. this one was a mystery, i only got cell phone photos as it was running around on the sidewalk in a residential area (near a canal) at night - small and funny bird running quickly, didn't see it fly, maybe robin sized. is it a rail or woodcock of some sort?

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  1. Yes, Loggerhead Shrikes - note the thick, hooked bill, large black mask, and prominent white flashes in the wings in flight. 
  2. Yes, Eastern Phoebe. Note the plump appearance, grayish brown above with a darker head and whitish below, and full black bill.
  3. Domestic Greylag Geese probably with some Swan Goose genes mixed in.
  4. Ducks:
    1. First bird: Male Lesser Scaup - note the full blue beak and purple-sheen on a back-peaked head.
    2. Second bird: Ring-necked Ducks - note the back-peaked head, black back, and ring around the bill.
  5. Virginia Rail?
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Agree with akandula on the domestic-type Greylag Goose. They can get completely white (due to domestication I guess?) and sometimes they show traits of Snow Geese  - including pinkish bill with a bit of a grin patch - but if they're that similar to a Snow Goose often they'll have totally white wings which can help separate them.

And the pictures are a little dark but size and shape plus location and behavior all point to Virginia Rail for the last bird. Most likely rail to be in an urban area and out in the open, other than Sora, and the shape (bill length) rules out Sora. Clapper/King wouldn't be out and about in a residential neighborhood, and would look bigger and bulkier.

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2 hours ago, akandula said:
  1. Yes, Loggerhead Shrikes - note the thick, hooked bill, large black mask, and prominent white flashes in the wings in flight. 
  2. Yes, Eastern Phoebe. Note the plump appearance, grayish brown above with a darker head and whitish below, and full black bill.
  3. Domestic Greylag Geese probably with some Swan Goose genes mixed in.
  4. Ducks:
    1. First bird: Male Lesser Scaup - note the full blue beak and purple-sheen on a back-peaked head.
    2. Second bird: Ring-necked Ducks - note the back-peaked head, black back, and ring around the bill.
  5. Virginia Rail?

Agree, but pass an three.

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7 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Nice work with the rail!  I assume it wasn't the most cooperative of photo targets!

thank you! it certainly caught me by by surprise. glad i got any pics at all 😂

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