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  1. Western PA today in with American Coots. Thanks! DSCN7958 by albur_18, on Flickr
  2. Some misc waterfowl

  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. While at my camp in north-central PA this past weekend, I picked out 4 Pine Siskins in amongst a flock of American Goldfinches. The birds were feeding on seeds of some kind hanging from a deciduous tree, and I was curious if anyone knew what kind of tree this was? Thanks! PineSiskin10-28-17(2)edit by albur_18, on Flickr PineSiskin10-28-17(4)edit by albur_18, on Flickr
  10. does this Least Sandpiper look odd?

    Thanks all for your input. At least I'm not losing my mind in that it is an oddly light Least.
  11. does this Least Sandpiper look odd?

    I didn't edit the pictures at all. I guess it could be a trick of the lighting, but it still seems odd. However the wings and back seem colored normally so it doesn't have a pigment deficiency.
  12. Seen in SW PA today. Everything seems to fit fine for Least Sandpiper, including size vs Solitary Sandpipers, yellow legs, short wings, and fine, slightly down curved bill, except that I don't think I've ever seen a Least Sandpiper with such a light chest and face as this one. It actually seems almost completely white on the breast, even more so than many Semipalmated Sandpipers that I've seen. Am I seeing things here? DSCN7116 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN7110 by albur_18, on Flickr
  13. Confirm from SW PA this morning. Thanks! 1. ratty looking Indigo Bunting? DSCN7098 by albur_18, on Flickr 2. tough look, but had as a Nashville Warbler in the field as strong yellow was on undersides and up into throat DSCN7090 by albur_18, on Flickr 3. female Scarlet Tanager DSCN7087 by albur_18, on Flickr 4. Bay-breasted Warbler (some reddish tint on the flanks I believe) DSCN7083 by albur_18, on Flickr 5. unsure of Blackpoll vs. Bay-breasted on this one, I can't see any reddish on the flanks but the feet appear dark so I'm still leaning Bay-breasted DSCN7081 by albur_18, on Flickr 6. Red-eyed Vireo DSCN7078 by albur_18, on Flickr 7. Chestnut-sided Warbler DSCN7080 by albur_18, on Flickr
  14. Northern PA today. Thanks! DSCN7073 by albur_18, on Flickr