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Everything posted by psweet

  1. Need ID Hellp, Please

    The face pattern in that second shot looks just right for a Coop. We've all seen how difficult it is to judge size in the field.
  2. help with hummingbird ID

    With the short tail and club-shaped primaries, this looks like a Black-chinned.
  3. King rail?

    Looks like a King Rail to me, as well.
  4. ID Grosbeak

    I agree with Rose-breasted, based on the pink underwing coverts you can just see. The streaking on the breast is a tricky one -- the fact that they appear to continue across the center favors Rose-breasted, but fine streaking is not unknown on female Black-headed. Similarly, bill color gets a bit ambiguous in non-breeding condition.
  5. Little Florida Bird

    No, there isn't. Pine Siskins have a deeper base to the bill, making a small cone. They have stronger streaks and wing bars, and what yellow you will find on them is on the wings rather than the undertail coverts.
  6. Little Florida Bird

    Double post.
  7. Little Florida Bird

    This is a Palm Warbler. They are a very common winter resident down there.
  8. Hawk ID please

    Yeah, I may have jumped the gun on this one. I still don't like the patagials -- there's an awful lot of mottling right up to the edge, which seems odd. But the rest of darknight's points to work better for Red-tailed.
  9. Which dove?

    These are Rock Pigeons, formerly known as Rock Doves. (European birders will insist they're feral pigeons, arguing that the wild ones only live on a handful of offshore islands. I doubt, at this point, that the distinctions a useful one anymore.) As far as being on the beach, they're very adaptable, which is why they can be found just about anywhere around the world that there's a place to perch.
  10. Hawk ID please

    The photo is now showing up on this post, rather than the other one. This looks like a young Red-shouldered. There's no distinct patagial bars and the breast is heavily streaked, neither good marks for a Red-tail, there's too much barring on the remiges for a Ferruginous, the remiges are too pale for a young Swainson's, and there's no dark wrist patches as you'd see on a Rough-leg.
  11. Is there any doubt...

    The rare bird report runs for a week -- sometimes something will pop up there, the reviewer will look at it and point out that the ID was wrong, and the observer will change it. That's another way in which things drop off. I'm not sure about the mechanics of reviewing -- do they show up in an e-mail form, or does a reviewer have an extra button when they log in that shows them pending birds?
  12. Is there any doubt...

    There's also a wide range of what "rare" means. It may be that the day before, they weren't rare and now they are, in which case the reviewer isn't going to worry much about it. (To be useful, the filters have to be set so that a few migrants come through outside the normal period.) Sometimes you get birds that are expected in a given location, but because they're rare everywhere else in the county, they come up as rare. In those cases, the reviewer's going to take a quick look at the number and the location, and move on. In other cases, the bird may be a once in a lifetime occurrence, in which case the reviewer will want to know a lot about it. And sometimes, there's some back and forth between the reviewer and the observer, and perhaps input from others, before something's confirmed. In some cases (depending upon the state) the reviewer might wait for the local records committee to look at the report before making a decision. (I suspect that some species, especially during breeding season, may be left unconfirmed to protect the birds from harassment, as well.)
  13. Few birds from coastal MA

    #4 is a White-winged. Yes, the spot ends rather vertically, which isn't typical of them. However, the feathers clearly extend beyond that white spot, well out onto the bill. On Surf Scoters, the feathers end in a rectangular base to the bill, with a spur down the top of the bill.
  14. Mergansers???

    If you look at that first photo, every bird facing the camera has a pale throat that seems blended. None of them has a distinct white throat patch. I think you're running into a problem of resolution.
  15. Immature Red-tailed Hawk?

    The underside of a Red-tail's tail generally doesn't show red, unless it's backlit. Banding on the tail, here in the east, would be a sign of a youngster -- adults don't have bands. (Mostly -- most western adults and some of the northern birds do have bands as adults.)
  16. Immature Red-tailed Hawk?

    Definitely a Red-tail, but I don't see anything specific to say a youngster. What I can see of the tail doesn't show banding, and the eye appears dark. Both would be markers of adults, but I'm not sure we're seeing them well enough to say.
  17. Bird Identification Please

    Welcome to Whatbird! This is a quail of some sort. It doesn't look like a typical North American species, so it's probably escaped, either from a local bird fancier or a local hunting club.
  18. Golden Eagle or Bald Eagle

    Big head and bill, white mottling on the belly and underwing coverts, this is a young Bald Eagle.
  19. That sounds very wren like to me, I'm afraid.
  20. The first birds are Demoiselle Cranes, Anthropoides virgo. The grebe appears to be a Western -- this time of year, the face patterns often approach each other. But the bill color is greenish, which indicates Western.
  21. Mystery Duck/Goose

    That color on the head is probably staining -- white waterfowl that feed in iron-rich areas often end up looking like that.
  22. Herring or Ring-billed Gull?

    Agree, Ring-billed.
  23. Gulls Gulls Gulls you bet we do

    1 and 2 are young Ring-billed, 3 and 4 are young Herring. 5 is an adult Ring-billed.
  24. Dunlin, Right?

    It's worth pointing out that many Calidris have white sides to the rump, and at this angle you'll often see just that bit. The white that's diagnostic for White-rumped is in the center of the rump.
  25. Mississippi Kite?

    The black spots below the wings are there in both shots, they're just obscured by backlighting.