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  1. It's a Violet-green Swallow.
  2. I'd think this is an Orchard Oriole actually - they're much more common that far north in Texas and Hooded should be overall drabber.
  3. I think the rufous on the wings and tail might just be a photo artifact - everything else points to a normal Eastern Phoebe.
  4. You got them all.
  5. Seems rather squealy and slurred for an empid, and it's early in the year for any empids except maybe Least, so I'd have to say probably not.
  6. Looked at this yesterday and was hesitant... but I still cannot bring myself to say there are any Greaters in there. Consider this photo of both scaup species (with a couple Tufted Ducks because this was taken in St. John's and is not my photo - and excellent breakdown of scaup ID from the same page): Notice how big the head of Greater is in the middle and right 3 birds (apart from the Tufted Duck), and how round the head is. The Lesser on the left side, however, has a smaller overall head and a distinct slope to the back of its head, just like the birds at issue in this thread. None of the birds in the OP photo have such a big, round head or peak at the front, but they do have the characteristic slope at the back of the slightly smaller head.
  7. The raven is best left unidentified, and the towhee is a Canyon.
  8. It looks more like a pure Red-tailed than anything else to me (maybe somehow it's the result of a hybrid RTHA x RSHA and pure RTHA) but what makes it "definitely" a Red-tailed?
  9. I'm not really getting too much of a hybrid vibe from the bird except that the neck and patagials are rather reddish... any other photos?
  10. Not seeing Red-shouldered on 1. The dark patagials should not be shown by Red-shouldered but are present on Red-tailed, and the belly band fits Red-tailed as well. The banding on the tail also should be more clearly demarcated on a Red-shouldered.
  11. Sounds like a cardinal - I hear that same song coming out of them (though at a slightly slower pace and different tone) plenty; the note at the end, after the trill, that's quieter and lower is unmistakably cardinal. Here's a recording of the same kind of song:
  12. Pine Warbler - I'm not sure any Blackpolls have arrived in the US yet, much less as far north as Kentucky. In any case, no Blackpoll would ever have yellow that bright, as clear an eyering, or as long a tail.
  13. Crossbills: I'm not sure what to think of this... it seems to be taking an awfully narrow view of what a species is. I'm pretty sure no species in the US or Canada has nearly so small a range and I can't say the evidence for splitting is terribly strong either. Splitting a skrike into a shrike and a strike? Dang... Creeper I posted my thoughts about on the YB thread, and same with Nashville. Otherwise, I'm pretty ambivalent as to most of the proposals.
  14. All on board for lumping of Thayer's and Iceland, but not sure what I think about splitting creeper and Nashville... maybe I just dislike how clunky the new names sound ("Rusty-capped Warbler" "Nearctic Creeper" - really?). Come up with better names for them and I probably would approve.