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ID help/confirmation for two dead and two live birds

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I was just going through some of my old photos, and I found some pictures of birds from last spring/summer I had forgotten about. The first two are ones that I found dead. I think the first is an Ovenbird, I'm not sure about the second. For the third and fourth, I thought juvenile Great Blue Heron and a Gadwall respectively, but I'm not sure about those either. I saw all four in Chicago. 

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Ovenbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Great Blue Heron, Gadwall respectively. You're certainly on the right track. For the Blue-headed Vireo, note the robust bill (compared to, say, a warbler), bluish-black legs, bluish gray head and white spectacles. Olive green on back and some yellowish wash in flanks.

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7 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

Ovenbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Great Blue Heron, Gadwall respectively. You're certainly on the right track. For the Blue-headed Vireo, note the robust bill (compared to, say, a warbler), bluish-black legs, bluish gray head and white spectacles. Olive green on back and some yellowish wash in flanks.

I agree with this.

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11 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I got three out of four.  I mistook the Ovenbird for a species of thrush.

Same

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On 1/21/2020 at 10:24 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

I got three out of four.  I mistook the Ovenbird for a species of thrush.

Black lateral and orange central crown stripes rule out any thrush.

The Great Blue Heron, while a first-cycle bird (that is, in it's roughly first year of life -- as discerned by the mostly blackish crown), it is not a juvenile -- note the multiple generations of feathers in the wings (some brown, some gray).  Immature is the term that you want.

https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/87.pdf

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