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About mike34

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  1. Which Hawk?

    Found this one in Virginia Beach this morning and it looked a little off for the regulars... perhaps just a lighter morph of a Red-tailed. Also, the banding in the tail feathers could be shadows from the tree--not 100% sure. 1. _V9A7915 by mike, on Flickr 2. _V9A7917 by mike, on Flickr Thanks!
  2. Short vs Long-billed Dowitcher?

    Update... I got back to the same location and found three Dowitchers (most likely the same three). While there, a Cooper's Hawk cruised in and flushed the birds and they gave a call that seems to fit the Short-billed best. Again, thanks for all the feedback.
  3. Short vs Long-billed Dowitcher?

    I appreciate the feedback on these birds... here's a couple more shots including a third bird _V9A6856 by mike, on Flickr _V9A6888 by mike, on Flickr _V9A6891 by mike, on Flickr
  4. Short vs Long-billed Dowitcher?

    Are there any particular field marks that lead you to that?
  5. Brewer's Blackbird?

    I definitely agree that Rusties are more common here, however, I feel that I eliminated them with good views with binoculars--I should've included that in the original post.
  6. This bird is from yesterday in Virginia Beach, VA. It's in the same place that some Brewer's wintered last year and were located again two days ago by a very reputable birder. While the photo is about as awful as it gets, it does show us that bright eye and the bill shape. IMO, the small bill rules out the Common Grackle but would like confirmation from others before counting this bird (seen them before in San Francisco but this would be my first for the state). _V9A6844 by mike, on FlickrAny help would be appreciated. Thank you for any and all help.
  7. Pictures taken this morning in Newport News, VA _V9A6896 (1) by mike, on Flickr Any help would be appreciated.
  8. Nelson's vs Saltmarsh Sparrows

    I appreciate the followup and for the description--it was that second bird that I was thinking was a possible Saltmarsh. Give me fall warblers any day over these two Sparrows! Again, thank you.
  9. Nelson's vs Saltmarsh Sparrows

    one last bump to see if anyone else would like to add their two cents
  10. Nelson's vs Saltmarsh Sparrows

    Thank you... they were pretty cooperative little guys
  11. Nelson's vs Saltmarsh Sparrows

    Thanks... the location where these were found have had several reputable birders reporting both species with the Saltmarsh Sparrows listed much more often and with higher counts. Also, every picture I've posted here thus far has been identified as a Saltmarsh... even though I thought a few were Nelson's. Appreciate the feedback!
  12. Nelson's vs Saltmarsh Sparrows

    a bump for the night crew also, I don't need all to be identified... specifically looking to see if both species are present to make an accurate ebird report.
  13. All different individuals found in Virginia Beach this past week. 1. _V9A2815 by mike, on Flickr 2. _V9A2800 by mike, on Flickr 3. _V9A2813 by mike, on Flickr 4. _V9A2744 by mike, on Flickr 5. _V9A2788 by mike, on Flickr 6. _V9A2738 by mike, on Flickr 7. _V9A2742 by mike, on Flickr 8. _V9A2733 by mike, on Flickr 9. _V9A2723 by mike, on Flickr Thanks for any possible help!
  14. Sparrow Help please

    Figured I'd give this one a bump for that second bird and any other feedback... thanks
  15. I feel like this is a Pewee but struck me as a little different for some reason. _V9A2222 by mike, on Flickr Thanks