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Florida/Texas road trip bird ID help #1

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Hi all,

I'm pretty sure this forum helped me with USA bird IDs in 2017 and 2018, but it looks all old posts and even accounts have been deleted (due to GDPR??).

Anyway, I just returned from another USA road trip, this time South Florida + Texas. Of course in the meantime I got much more birding experience and also eBird is a huge help, but I still need help with many IDs or at least confirmations where I'm not sure. Also, bear with me with great egrets and I'm still looking for cattle egret so I often photograph "odd" looking great egrets hoping for cattle egret :)

Anyway, I'll make several posts in the next days, five birds per post and here we go - first Florida.

 

1)  I'm not good at hawks, but maybe the Red-Shouldered Hawk?
Location: Everglades NP--Pa-hay-okee

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2) Laughing or Franklin's Gulls?
Location: Everglades NP - Flamingo Visitor Center (marina)

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3) A long shot, bad photo, but likely a Tree Swallow?
Location: Everglades NP - Flamingo Visitor Center

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4) White-Eyed Vireo?
Location: Everglades NP - Flamingo - Eco Pond

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5) Pff, tough one as no shot from the front?
Location: Everglades NP

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Thanks!

Peter

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The site crashed in '18 and had to be rebuilt from scratch.  Welcome back.

#1 looks like a Mississippi Kite to me.  The 'Glades are south of their normal range  but birds rarely read range maps.  I'll leave the rest to better birders.

Edited by Charlie Spencer

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17 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Red-shouldered Hawk

Laughing Gulls

Tree Swallow

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Seconded

25 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

The site crashed in '18 and had to be rebuilt from scratch.  Welcome back.

#1 looks like a Mississippi Kite to me.  The 'Glades are south of their normal range  but birds rarely read range maps.  I'll leave the rest to better birders.

Remember Red-shouldereds in Florida are much lighter...

 

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21 minutes ago, birdbrain22 said:

Remember Red-shouldereds in Florida are much lighter...

1. Remember? I never knew to begin with... 😛 
2. Really??? THAT much lighter?  The first photo threw me but I can definitely see Red-shouldered in the second...

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4 minutes ago, millipede said:

1. Remember? I never knew to begin with... 😛 
2. Really??? THAT much lighter?  The first photo threw me but I can definitely see Red-shouldered in the second...

1. Ok...Well now you do.

2. Yes THAT much lighter...

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Thanks!

Yeah my first guess for #1 was some sort of kite as well but the streaks on the head + white "dots" on the body did not compute and then I noticed the bi-colored bill on the second photo.

Interestingly, here is another photo not far away from the location of #1 which is more obviosly a red-shouldered hawk.

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8 hours ago, birdbrain22 said:

Seconded

Remember Red-shouldereds in Florida are much lighter...

 

I couldn't remember what I didn't know, but hopefully I'll remember it now!  Thanks.

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11 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

Red-shouldered Hawk

Laughing Gulls

Tree Swallow

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Agreed.

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