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  1. trying to figure out what I saw in NC

    Could this have been an Eastern Towhee?
  2. 1) I’m really not sure, but I think that may be an Eastern Bluebird call at the front. There is of course a Common Yellowthroat, and another excited bird at the end, I think a House Wren. There is a Northern Cardinal in back of the recording. 2) You have an Indigo Bunting song, a Common Yellowthroat song, and a Belted Kingfisher rattle in your recording. As far as the “click,” as you put it, I think this is an Indigo Bunting “spit” call. You also have a fourth species in there, possibly a woodpecker (Red-bellied?), but I don’t know. 3) I do not know about the coughing sound, but I do hear a Red-Eyed Vireo, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Common Yellowthroat, and a Tufted Titmouse.
  3. Blackbirds

    Thanks so much.
  4. Blackbirds

    As I was leaving my birding spot in MO today I took a picture of these blackbirds without much thought. There were grackles everywhere today, and so I assumed they were either grackles or Brown-headed Cowbirds or that I would figure it out when I got home. The birds are backlit, and the picture is poor. Even so, does anyone want to take a shot? If they're not ID'able, that's fine too. (Is it possible that they are Bobolinks?) Thanks as always. https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/9kVPK6
  5. This Sandpiper is giving me a Headache

    Thank you! I thought the legs seemed awfully dark, but I think it's the light and the photo. And that makes a pair of Greater Yellowlegs today.
  6. Today in Missouri, with the downcurved globular bill that seems rather long, and the dark legs, and the heavily marked breast. Second image with Solitary gives a good size and color comparison. And since I'm posting anyway, what do you make this distant Yellowlegs for? https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/5W0mi4 Thank you!
  7. MS Kite?

    Wow, this bird was far away and hard to photograph. Still, I want to see if it is confirmable as a Mississippi Kite. Dark pointed wingtips, dark tail, gray head with apparent black eye-mask, yellow legs hanging down. What do you think? Missouri, today. https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/2u7HE6 I'm sure the smaller bird is an Eastern Kingbird being fierce and awesome like they are. Thank you.
  8. One last round of Baltimore Bird Calls

    1) I think this is probably an Indigo Bunting. And a Tufted Titmouse in there, and possibly Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in the treetops 2) Likely Indigo Bunting. I also hear an Eastern Wood-Pewee and a Blue Jay. 3) Tufted Titmouse with what may be an American Goldfinch contact call
  9. More Baltimore Bird Calls

    1) Although Baltimore Oriole is a possibility, I think Indigo Bunting. 2) Probably a House Wren. 3) I would say Northern Cardinal.
  10. Duck sp.

    Thanks, Colorado Owl! The second bird was isolated, so I could not judge its size well. I did see orange-ish legs through the scope. The bird was only stationary while I watched it. I could certainly leave the second bird as duck sp. but want to see if other images might reveal anything that would help to confirm an ID. Or, these may not be helpful at all. https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/4AqU66
  11. Duck sp.

    What do you think? Maybe Gadwalls? There are two different ducks here. I fought with the light this afternoon in Missouri to try to get legible images at a distance. Thanks as always. https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/w2EKa6
  12. Summer Tanager

    Does this look like a young male Summer Tanager to you? I was surprised because I was out in tall grass prairie this morning here in Missouri, and the bird landed in a snag, did not vocalize, and flew away. https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/0NjGJ1
  13. Short or long billed?

    I just wrestled with this very problem. You've got a Short-billed Dowitcher. Notice the "kink" about 2/3ds of the way down the bill, which is relatively blunt, and what appear to be arched supercilia. While these and others may not be conclusive field marks on their own, they help on the way towards putting together an ID, especially in combination.
  14. Tyrannus sp.

    Thanks! I had a feeling that those of you out west could firm this up for me. These birds are not common here, but I'm seeing more of them, now that I'm looking. There were six individuals in this family. P
  15. Tyrannus sp.

    Taken yesterday in Mid-Missouri. Associating with a family unit of Western Kingbirds. Could this be a hybrid? Or, is it a perfectly regular bird? https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868817@N08/shares/N230T6