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  1. Thank you Sor!
  2. I'm not sure what else it could be around here (Austin, TX). Doesn't seem to have the yellowish wash to the breast that guides say is associated with the Philladelphia. That said, the second shot seems to give the flanks a tinge of color. Could easily be an artefact of the light/camera. It was a dark morning and these are composite bracketed shots.
  3. Thank you for taking the time, BigOly.
  4. Bump. Any input anyone? A white-rumped would be a lifer.
  5. Hi all. Need your help with some migrants from yesterday. Thanks in advance! 1. Stilt sandpiper in the back, but in the foreground? 2.-3. Could this be a white-rumped (they were reported earlier in the day) 3. 4. Blended family portrait: Lesser yellowlegs, pectoral, least (lower left), and two others? 5. At a loss.
  6. Now that would be an unexpected lifer! And I guess there is a faint eye line and white supercilium in the blurry shots, isn't there?
  7. I know. absurd choice.The pics are here: I was pretty sure it was a painted bunting, female, given the amount of green. This was a green bird aside from the primaries and tail. After it flew off, I heard what sounded like a bunting song from where it flew to, so I thought perhaps immature male. (There's a also stray non-green tertial (?) on the one good profile shot.) Then when I got the pics home, on one of the really blurry shots, the vent looks yellowish, with white around where the legs join the body. That made second guess everything. It was foraging in scrub 2-3 ft. off the ground.
  8. Austin, today. I'm going mostly by the bill. really chunky. These two were really quiet, as was the one I saw in the same location yesterday. No males to be seen (or heard).
  9. Thanks guys. I'm just going with a robin, too. That was my first instinct, anyway. I appreciate you taking the time.
  10. In Austin today. It's the screech. I know I've heard it in the past. does it belong to a thrush? Robins were around and I think I saw a swainson's (buffy eye ring, spotted upper breast only.) Overwintering hermits should be on their way out. spotted towhees I'd expect to have moved out of town by now. it's really making me crazy. Thanks, y'all. mills pond 2.20170423_110106.mp3
  11. I thought it might be, psweet. The ask was a real shot in the dark. The females are hard enough when they come to our feeders, never mind when they're all tucked in like this. Probably won't get back to this trail for several days. fingers crossed that I can find the nest again :-) appreciate the reply at least.
  12. We expect both ruby-throateds and black-chinneds here in Austin. There was no way to get more of the female than what's in the shot. Can one distinguish between the two species based on the nest design alone? The environment, btw, is dense deciduous understory and the nest maybe ~10 feet above a creek. (and yes, that is ball moss on the elm, great camouflage for the nest)
  13. Thanks, S.C.
  14. There's no chance that this is a solitary, right? (at least one was reported at this site yesterday) It seemed rather darker with more spotting than streaking than the definitive lessers that were out today, the definition of the wing seemed more pronounced and the realization of the eye ring seemed different, too (is there a white "spectacles" above the bill?). I'm probably just seeing what I want to see, though. Images are cropped, but otherwise untouched. Austin, today
  15. Agreed. That face will get even blacker very soon; it's coming into its breeding plumage. In Austin most of our remaining YRWAs are pretty much there. We get to see very little of just how beautiful these birds are before they head north.