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  1. That head is very flat and sloping slightly toward the back. Also the sides are very white. I vote Greater Scaup.
  2. Thanks all, I thought so but hated to say for sure with the bad pic!
  3. Poor pic was just sent to me of some birds under a feeder in SW PA. Most are american goldfinch but what are the three birds directly to the right of the cardinal, are they song sparrows or possibly female purple finches? Thanks.
  4. In SW PA someone reported a cackling goose yesterday via the GBBC. I agree that the bird is quite small with a short neck, but the bill just seems way too big to be an actual cackling goose. I wanted to throw it on here for opinions. If not correct, people are gonna waste their time going for the bird and making even more false reports. The ebird report is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/view/checklist/S34470248
  5. Ok thanks for the clarification. I see now that the bill appears too fine for a pure COGO. Here is another shot of a COGO x HOME, http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/bird-sightings/common-goldeneye-x-hooded-merganser-hybrid-presque-isle-sp-pa/ however it still isnt quite right both with bill size and plumage, which has me thinking maybe a COGO x HOME backcrossed with a pure COGO?
  6. Interesting that the hybrid combo is well known, but as I suspected, it looks like the hybrid bird has an intermediate bill, longer and thinner than a pure common goldeneye. The bird in question in the checklist has a bill that by shape, seems to fit COGO. What is it particularly that is making everyone think this is a hybrid at all?
  7. I saw the option to "report" the photos, but the only option for reason for reporting was "offensive or inappropriate content". Is this what you did or do you have additional options through Ebird?
  8. Agreed. A bird's posture can cause it to look very different at any given moment.
  9. Ok so I'm not delusional, definitely I had female common merganser and on the other I was thinking female common goldeneye with maybe the bird in an odd mood so that the head feathers are raised at that moment? The bill still seems ok for a pure common goldeneye I think? Dont know if that hybrid combo has ever been documented?
  10. These are not my sightings but I stumbled across them when looking at some of the reports for the area so far this year. They were from January in SW PA. Am I losing my mind (it's late) or are there two misIDed photos in this list? Thanks! http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33649923
  11. Thanks all and thanks psweet for the information! I relayed it to the taker of the photos.
  12. This is the exact bird that I posted in one of my threads from when I was in St. Pete in October. I saw this same bird at the Gulf Pier of Fort De Soto Park. After some investigation, it turned out to be the same continuing bird that is at this point presumed to be (and accepted by Cornell as such on Ebird) one of the first recorded examples of a Great Blue Heron x Great Egret hybrid. According to the original discoverer of the bird, it was reviewed by multiple sources within Cornell and the conclusion was hybrid (they had to apparently unlock the use of that hybrid combination in Ebird otherwise it wouldn't even show up as an option in the list). Here is the link for my thread from October: https://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/156065-more-confirms-questions-st-petersburg-fl/ And here is a link to my Ebird checklist with the same bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31926015
  13. Oops the second pic with the tail visible didn't embed. Here it is.
  14. These pictures are not my own. They were sent out on the PA state list serve today detailing a hawk's behavior of feeding on worms. The observer had thought it was a red-tailed hawk, but I was under the impression that all red-taileds, even 1st year birds, have a belly band. This bird is fully streaked on the underside, even on the upper chest, which makes me think this has to be a 1st year red-shouldered hawk. What is interesting is that clearly visible in the one picture is that there seems to be some strong reddish color coming in on the upper part of the tail, which I'm guessing is why the observer thought RTHA. This is a 1st-year red-shouldered hawk right? And if so, is that red in the tail typical? Thanks!
  15. I agree with American Crow and that was what I was leaning towards after looking at it a bit. Thanks all for weighing in!