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  1. Looks like a SY female. (SY -- second year, meaning she was hatched last year.) Incidentally, you won't find ducks in eclipse plumage in February (at least in N. America) -- that happens in late summer and early fall. Also, Long-tailed Ducks are a bit weird for ducks -- instead of a short-lived eclipse plumage, they have a regular basic plumage that they hold through the winter.
  2. I'm inclined to think that 2nd bird is a Harrier, but I can't point to a specific mark. If the first shot is good enough to count fingers when it's enlarged, you could settle the question for sure -- Accips have 6, Harriers have 5.
  3. I agree that it's a Red-tail. But I thought I'd note that a September Rough-leg in Alberta wouldn't be unheard of -- we get an occasional September one down here in Illinois, even. (There was also an August record, but that truly was exceptional.)
  4. No white visible in the wing, I'd say that rules out any of our goldfinches. This looks like a warbler of some sort, but it would be very early. Maybe an escaped cage bird?
  5. On Long Island? You'll need a much better shot to claim a Lesser Goldfinch. (No offense intended, Evie12...)
  6. This is indeed a Bachman's. Henslow's would have a different, brighter face pattern and distinct black streaks on the flanks.
  7. Acorn Woodpeckers don't show the barring on the back -- they have a very bold pattern with solid blocks of black and white, and a distinctly clown-like face.
  8. The yellow is fairly typical -- it normally looks orange, but that looks like it's largely an exposure issue here. The white on the chest is typical of spring immatures.
  9. That's true -- but... there shouldn't be juveniles of either this time of year. I'm not sure how often yellow-eyed Boat-tailed show up -- there is a population near Mobile that is yellow-eyed. Given the rarity of Great-tailed in that location, it's going to take a pretty good shot to really rule out Boat-tailed.
  10. Harriers routinely fly high when they're migrating. It always throws people when they see them up that high the first time.
  11. I'd say that the grackles are Boat-tailed. The female clearly has a dark eye, and New Orleans is a bit too far east to expect Great-tailed.
  12. Glaucous would have a distinctly bicolored bill and shorter, broader primaries. (Some Glaucous can be surprisingly small, although this guy may be too small for that.) The only other possibility with this bird would be some sort of hybrid, probably Glaucous X something, so I wouldn't worry about it. Just me trying to over-analyze it.
  13. If you look at the goose, you'll notice that the belly is quite deep. That's a mark for domestics, so it looks like a Canada X Domestic hybrid.
  14. That pale bird definitely isn't a California -- they'd be darker, with much darker primaries and a distinctly bi-colored bill. I do have some minor reservations about it as an Iceland, based on the head shape in a couple of shots. But that's certainly the closest I can come up with, too.
  15. This is a Northern Flicker, one of our larger woodpeckers.