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  1. Sorry this posted twice
  2. In SW PA today. Hen gadwalls?
  3. In SW PA today. Hen gadwalls?
  4. I would say downy on this one even though no tail spots are visible and there is a small shoulder spur. The bill isnt long enough for hairy and it also clearly shows the larger white neck patch to support downy.
  5. That crossed my mind but the head is solid dark. Just occurred to me, what about male common merganser?
  6. Seen in SW PA today. Thanks! common goldeneye drake DSCN2566 by albur_18, on Flickr common goldeneye hen DSCN2562 by albur_18, on Flickr common loon CommonLoon1-18-17(2)cropped by albur_18, on Flickr not sure on this one since it was so distant, any ideas? DSCN2597 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN2598 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN2599 by albur_18, on Flickr
  7. I see your points but if, for example, you look at the last picture in the last link shared by HamRHead, you will see the question I am raising. Its not the fact that it is molting scapulars that is making me question the first-winter age, its that the scapulars it is molting into are plain gray. The last picture in the sibley article says that the 1st winter bird has replaced its juvenile scapulars with new dark blotchy ones (not plain gray). Wouldnt this mean that herring gulls do not get plain gray feathers anywhere on the back/wings until 2nd winter, when they begin to molt into their 3rd cycle gray plumage?
  8. Agree young Cooper's.
  9. I'm trying to make sure this is a pure American black duck and not a hybrid. It was seen with a large group of mallards at a pond in SW PA today. The speculum doesn't show any white around it, tail seems dark, and bill completely yellow, but I don't know if I'm missing anything here. Pictures are not great unfortunately. Thanks! DSCN2494 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN2498 by albur_18, on Flickr
  10. Agree red knots, nice! Willets are a bit larger, lankier, longer bill that looks paler at the base, and sometimes even on standing birds you can get a glimpse of the black-white-black wing pattern if the edge of the primaries are sticking out under the wing.
  11. Technically I should have said yellowish supraloral, not lores.
  12. Those are also song sparrows. Yellowish lores can occur on young song sparrows, not sure if I'd call that a young bird or not though.
  13. I think song sparrow for all and yes northern mockingbird.
  14. TRIP SUMMARY: So I just remembered that I never posted the results of my trip to the St. Pete, FL, area. It was a fantastic time both for a family vacation and for birding purposes. The weather was beautiful and we avoided any trouble with the hurricane other than one day of rain/blustery weather. In the end, I tallied 31 life birds! I was focused primarily on shorebirds and herons/waders and terns/gulls, so naturally I spent several mornings at Fort De Soto Park. I went to Lake Maggiore once since it was so close to where we were staying. I cleaned house on most of the birds that I was targeting in these groups, and was having such success adding to my sad life list of shorebirds that I continued going to the beach in full knowledge that I was sacrificing the chance at a few passerine lifers and some rarer migrants that had been reported in the area. For example, a lark sparrow and Swainson's warbler were reported on and off at Fort De Soto, but I never tried for them. Also, a glaucous gull was being seen around the area and some brown booby's were hanging out as regulars in the northern part of the bay after being blown in by a storm earlier in the year, but I had so many easier lifers to add that I did not go for them (in retrospect I wish I would've went for the brown boobies, as it could be a very long time before I get to add one later!) Here are some details on what I saw... As far as shorebirds lifers: ruddy turnstone, black-bellied plover, marbled godwit, American oystercatcher, red knot, and dunlin Herons/waders lifers: white ibis, little blue heron, tricolored heron, wood stork, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, yellow-crowned night-heron, cattle egret, and limpkin terns/gulls lifers: sandwich tern, Forster's tern, royal tern, common tern, laughing gull, and lesser black-backed gull Misc lifers: brown pelican, black skimmer, anhinga, magnificent frigatebird, boat-tailed grackle, loggerhead shrike, Eurasian collared dove, and black vulture Also a random note, I got pics of the incredibly rare presumed great egret x great blue heron hybrid, which for some reason had not been reported for a month when I saw it at the Gulf Pier of Fort De Soto, exactly where it had been originally found. I thought at the time that it was a juvy great egret, so thanks a lot to The Birding Geek for being astute enough to connect the dots when I had posted it as a confirm on this forum. Then on the way home (drove through Orlando for Universal Studios), we stopped for lunch in Lakeland and at Lake Parker, I added purple gallinule as another lifer and then out on the interstate a couple miles down the road some sandhill cranes were in a field, another lifer! The next time I go there, I already have a list of more targeted life bird priorities. I also plan to hit many of the other locations that I just did not have time left to hit, such as Sawgrass Park. Many of the bird targets for next time are local specialties, such as mottled duck, black-bellied whistling duck, short-tailed hawk, florida scrub jay, and nanday and monk parakeets, which I believe are ABA eligible there. I may even venture into the middle of the state for burrowing owls and the local dwindling whooping crane residents. I was just a little bit early for American white pelicans on this trip, and I also missed Wilson's plover, common ground dove, summer tanager, painted bunting, blue grosbeak, black-crowned night heron, etc. All in all it was a tremendous success. Thanks also to MarkBird who provided great local site info as well as guidance on the mottled/mallard hybrid issue, and also thanks to everyone who gave suggestions for this trip! Here are some of the links for a few of my Ebird checklists with photos from the trip: Fort De Soto Park East Beach turnaround: ruddy turnstone, snowy egret, other shorebirds Fort De Soto Park East Beach: American oystercatcher, willet, sandwich tern, etc Fort De Soto Park Gulf Pier: hybrid great blue heron x great egret, terns, etc Lake Maggiore: anhingas, limpkins, tricolored heron, marsh wren, etc Fort De Soto Park North Beach: reddish egret, yellow-crowned night-heron, roseate spoonbill, mag frigatebird, piping plover, etc Fort De Soto Park North Beach: red knot, dunlin, tons of marbled godwits, etc Lake Parker Park (Lakeland area): purple gallinule, wood stork, limpkin, (and alligator) etc