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  1. It looks like a type of Wood Stork

    This is a Great Blue Heron. Welcome to Whatbird!
  2. Scaup. What type?

    Specific location would help in this case. Is this a chase bird, say at the FIS ponds? Was the bird diving or loafing for this photo series? I'd like to see a bill shot, but otherwise I think the photos are inconclusive. I think the shelf in the head may be an artifact, and I lean Greater.
  3. Mystery bird at my feeder

    Also thinking Brown-headed Cowbird. If you see a flock of hundreds of cowbirds, the individual variation will impress you. Some birds do show a malar stripe like this. Maybe 1:100 birds will have a supercilium that's notably lighter. The throat color, streaking, and even 'brownness' are variable with age and individual. With a Red-winged Blackbird, aside from the streaking I think you'd notice the longer thinner bill.
  4. Sorry, but your post reminds me of one of my "awesome" bluebird photos Sometimes, they just don't want to go!
  5. Wet warbler(?) ID

    Thank you for the correction. It's interesting how the new growth is reddish and similar, but it's great to learn about a different native Florida tree.
  6. Wet warbler(?) ID

    I do agree that Palm & Prairie are the best candidates, and I don't think Palm is 100%. The potential black arc under the eye could fit Prairie, although I'm surprised at how non-uniform the breast and belly look even when wet. With the heavy bill and forked tail, I first tried to see this bird as a Pine...but just can't see it with the shape or yellow undertail coverts. Brazilian Pepper better fits Prairie & Palm habitat too.
  7. Wet warbler(?) ID

    When in doubt, invoke the H word
  8. Wet warbler(?) ID

    You can see some traces of yellow in the undertail coverts. I don't think the undertail is as continuously dark as suggested by the photo. Why not the expected...Palm Warbler?
  9. Accipiter

    Sorry, no other photos. I was thinking Sharp-shinned in the field. The wing beats were quick but straight-armed without a wrist-snap appearance. The photos (especially the apparent head size) made me change my mind to list it as a spuh. Thanks to both of you for the comments.
  10. Accipiter

    Another Cooper's/Sharp-shinned. This image is a collage from a flyby, with the leftmost image brightened. The head looks big, but the tail is square and the secondaries are bulging. Listed as a spuh but probably a Cooper's? St. Petersburg, FL 12/20/17
  11. NE Florida duck

    Agree it's not IDable, but first impression (and based on habitat) was Ring-necked Duck
  12. Please confirm White-eyed Parakeet

    Just confirming yes to Blue-crowned Parakeet. The blue/gray covering the face and red undertail are good marks. Blue-crowned appear long-tailed. A White-eyed Parakeet is nearly all green, with red underwing (although a light sprinkling of red feathers in other places is normal too). The undertail is green with a hint of yellowish. Here is a White-eyed for comparison: "
  13. Mitred Parakeets?

    Red feathers concentrated in the front of the head and adjacent to the eye (although smattering of red feathers elsewhere is ok), check Apparent green underwing, as no yellow or red feathers appear visible on the bend, check Yes, Mitred
  14. Need help with a few parrots please.

    Tough bird. Since the parakeets take quite a few years to obtain their full red plumage (and may have no red until after the first molt), this one is a challenge. I'm guessing that you already know that your main choices for 'mostly green with red areas' in Miami Springs are Mitred, Red-masked, Crimson-fronted, and Scarlet-fronted. The left underwing has a significant amount of red, which probably puts it more in the Red-masked or Crimson-fronted type (those are the two with notable red underwing on mature birds). Unfortunately Scarlet-fronted can have limited red on the bend of the wing too, and with this shot I can't really tell where the underwing red feathers really are. So, long story for "not sure"! There is a ton of misinformation online about these seemingly similar parakeets, and I'm not certain of the acceptable range for red patches (for instance, the little patch adjacent and below the eye). I could see this as a Red-masked, but I can't rule the others out either.
  15. Terns

    The last two are immature Sandwich Terns. Young Gull-billed don't show the strong black patch behind the eye and show a shorter bill than these two. Young Royals tend to have yellowish bills. The bill size and structure of the bird helps rule out the other medium-sized terns.