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  1. I know, here's Zep with another sandpiper he can't figure out. Seen in Mid-Missouri this morning (8/5/17). For scale, the bird was previously seen next to a least sandpiper and was noticeably larger. And could you please include the features that helped you ID it? My dog literally chewed up by Sibley's guide, so I don't have my usual source of help. Thanks!
  2. Sandpiper Help?

    Thanks guys. I saw a few pectorals that were much more prototypical (in my eyes) than this one today, so it threw me off.
  3. Mid-Missouri mudflat, 7/26/17. I thought white-rumped, but I'm not great with sandpipers and I didn't see its "butt."
  4. Another Heron Silhouette

    Well since there's no consensus... I'll be giving up on this one. I had a little bit of bias since I've never seen a BCNH, only had their calls pointed out to me while in a group. But still, green heron doesn't sit right with me. I appreciate everyone's input though!
  5. Another Heron Silhouette

    Thanks for providing these links. I hadn't heard of xeno-canto before. This just about confirms this as a BCNH for me. The American bittern flight call was too deep, and the green heron and least bittern flight calls are too high pitched.
  6. Another Heron Silhouette

    I am very comfortable eliminating the Least Bittern and Green Heron based on size. I didn't consider either in the field. The Yellow-crowned seems unlikely given the range, and the bill shape is too sharp anyways. My recollection of the flight call is fading, but the recordings of Black-crowns jog my memory the most. I guess I should ask: Do these images eliminate the Black-crowned Night Heron? Because my gut is telling me it was a Black-crowned. The flight call was nothing like either bittern or a green heron (and again, I'm certain it was a mid-sized heron).
  7. Another Heron Silhouette

    What would your second guess be? I know these images don't depict size well, but from my first-hand account, it was definitely too large to be a Green Heron. Also the call wasn't as sharp/high pitched as a Green Heron.
  8. Medium sized heron seen at dusk on a cloudy day (5-28-17) in Mid Missouri... I know, you guys are probably sick of my silhouette shots. I was alerted to it by its flight call, which sounded like a generic wok/kwok flight call. I'm not sure if it is an American Bittern, or Black-Crowned Night-Heron. Any insight?
  9. Help with Swallow

    Definitely agree with barn swallow. The deeply forked tail gives it away!
  10. Right, that was throwing off my friend and I. The only justification I can imagine is that the underside of the wings are lit from behind, so perhaps the color captured here is deceiving. I can't imagine what else it would be though, and I had the same thought about the bill pointing to Wilson's.
  11. Seen in Mid Missouri on 2/29/2016 (reviewing old SD card). Remembered that I never figured this one out. My recollection from the sighting was that the bird was completely quiet, and I never saw more than one breastband. Semipalmated or Wilson's? Let me know what you think. https://ibb.co/jUkdCa
  12. Distant Waterfowl

    *facepalm* Of course these are rock pigeons... They don't even have bills. This is why I need the good people of whatbird to keep me on track.
  13. This picture is stitched together, so that's why the color is off. The three birds were flying together. With the bird on the right, I can't tell if the white patch is an aberration or an actual white rump... its really throwing me off. My impression was that they were roughly mallard-sized. As usual, the quality is atrocious. Any ideas would be appreciated. Seen in southwest Missouri, 5-18-17. https://ibb.co/hKpRFv
  14. Seen this morning in Mid Missouri, near a small lake and field. I didn't notice this until it was nearly out of sight. When the sun was facing the bird, It looked almost entirely brown, so I was thinking it might be an American Bittern? I'm curious if anyone has enough experience with herons to help narrow this down. The pictures are terrible - sorry. https://ibb.co/mFtnLk https://ibb.co/crqCmQ
  15. 5/01/17 - Listening for Henslow's sparrows in a field of tall grass in Mid-Missouri. I heard a song/call that I haven't heard before. I couldn't get closer because it was emanating from private land (in the middle of a field of tall grass). It sounded buzzy, somewhat like the first note of a blue-winged warbler song, or maybe like the sustained buzz a grasshopper sparrow makes. One buzzy note followed by two quick, higher pitched buzzy notes. The song was repeated at least 30 times with no variability, but this is the best recording I could get on my phone. Attached is an audio file that is very quiet. The song can be heard at 2 seconds and 6 seconds of the longer audio. The shorter audio attempts to isolate the sound. There are eastern meadowlarks in the background as well. If you're willing to give it a go, you'll probably need to turn up the volume or headphones to hear the bird. Thanks! Unid Bird.m4a Unidentified song 1.mp3