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  1. beaver or muskrat?

    I watched a group of 4 of these going about their business and getting into a skirmish at one point. Seen in a backwaters area of a shallow lake in SW PA. And if you could, what do you use to best tell these apart when the tail is not visible? Thanks! DSCN9073 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN9064 by albur_18, on Flickr
  2. There was a mixed flock of starlings/blackbirds in a corn field in SW PA today and I singled out this one bird. Sorry for the rough photo. Thanks. DSCN9080 2 by albur_18, on Flickr
  3. sapsucker species

    Great threads for reference Bird Nuts! Thanks! I now see the difficulty of this hybrid discussion when so far out of range. I found one additional pretty bad picture that gives more of a side shot. DSCN8598 by albur_18, on Flickr
  4. sapsucker species

    Is that smudge of red on the nape something that can occur on Yellow-bellieds?
  5. sapsucker species

    Just saw this sapsucker in my yard in SW PA, where Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is the overwhelmingly expected species, however I couldn't help but wonder about the small smudge of red that this bird has on the back of the head on the other side of the black border that usually marks the edge of red on the head on Yellow-bellieds. I'm not sure if it is possible for Yellow-bellieds to show some red here? Thanks! DSCN8604 by albur_18, on Flickr
  6. I assumed this was an American Black Duck x Mallard cross because the facial pattern is messed up for ABDU, am I right? Seen in Western PA today. Thanks. DSCN8334 by albur_18, on Flickr
  7. Western PA today in with American Coots. Thanks! DSCN7958 by albur_18, on Flickr
  8. All in western PA today. Sometimes I just like to make sure I'm still of sound mind. Thanks! DSCN7972 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7991 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7994 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7998 by albur_18, on Flickr
  9. distant waterfowl with Common Loon

    Ok then! So yesterday at this lake, 3 Black Scoters were reported (its been a good fall for scoters inland here in PA). I went there and Black Scoter was what I was expecting to see when I made out the distant, and I mean DISTANT (these pics were taken at max zoom on a Nikon P900 and then heavily cropped), outline of the scoter. It had its head tucked for almost the entire time and when it finally did wake up, it was giving off a capped vibe through the scope, so I snapped some pics and hiked out quickly as the rain started coming. When I got back to the vehicle and checked the camera, I knew I was seeing two separate white patches but I wasn't positive if a Black Scoter could also show this to this extent. Here are some more pics just for extra confirmation since Surf Scoter is still quite rare in the area. Thanks a lot psweet! DSCN7763 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7762 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7761 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7760 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7753 by albur_18, on Flickr
  10. In PA today. Just wanted to confirm the bird to the right of the Common Loon. Sorry about the poor photo, the birds were horribly distant. Thanks! DSCN7765 by albur_18, on Flickr
  11. what is this Pine Siskin eating?

    after looking it up, I'd agree alder or birch, however i've read that birch flower pods disintegrate later in the season while alder forms a woody cone similar to a pine cone and drops seeds from the hardened cone, so if that is indeed true, I suppose that is what the siskins were eating and this would point to alder in this case?
  12. what is this Pine Siskin eating?

    If it helps, this tree was found on the edge of a large creek in a mountain valley. Because of the higher elevation and northern location, this area of PA typically sees irruptions earlier than the rest of the state and the irruptive birds are more numerous.
  13. Yesterday in SW PA, saw these birds flying over in formation at a fairly high altitude, my initial thought was Double-crested Cormorants. Am I right? Thanks! DSCN7499 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7496 by albur_18, on Flickr