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  1. Mystery bird at my feeder

    With that edited photo, I would now agree that color and shape/structure look good for a cowbird, even though the face pattern is still bothering me a bit. Sorry for jumping the gun on calling it a Dickcissel!
  2. Mystery bird at my feeder

    To my eye, the face pattern is a bit strong for a cowbird, but I guess I could see it as one.
  3. Mystery bird at my feeder

    I'd like another opinion to back mine up, but that's what it looks like to me. They are fairly regular wintering birds outside of their "normal range". There was one at a feeder in CT earlier this winter and one that spent the whole winter last year at a local state park.
  4. Mystery bird at my feeder

    Looks like a Dickcissel to me. Where are you located?
  5. Also, the falcon is a 1st year Peregrine. Note the dark "mustache", plus size + structure clues. Merlins are quite small- nearly kestrel-sized.
  6. The birds in 7 are Redheads. Note head shape and bill color/pattern.
  7. Black Mystery Birds

    I agree with BH Cowbirds.
  8. Help! ONT Birds

    1- looks like a Great Black-backed 2- I'd say Herring Rest are correct.
  9. Odd Herring Gull?

    This doesn't look like a Ring-billed to me. My best guess would be a dark-winged Iceland (where within the Iceland Gull complex I'm not sure). I agree that a lot of things on this bird look good for Iceland, except the primaries.
  10. confirm Iceland Gull

    This looks like the same Ring-billed from the OP's photos.
  11. confirm Iceland Gull

    These both look good for Kumlien's Iceland.
  12. confirm Iceland Gull

    I think there are three gulls involved here:
  13. A scaup quandry

    Head shape and bill thickness make me lean towards Greater on the female.
  14. A scaup quandry

    1,2, 4+5(which appear to be the same) are Lesser 3 I think looks good for Greater. Edit- The Bird Nuts beat me to it.
  15. Pine Warbler?

    Agreed.
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