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  1. WESA, SESA, LESA, PESA, oh my?

    It was, psweet. "Muck" might be the better word, actually, since this was at a bio-solids recycling facility. The birds are walking in in some pretty thick stuff on some expansive "ponds" here. Thanks again for the input, both of you. Pectorals can give many different looks. Some, like the first, can be misleading, but others (for me, especially, the head-on shot) seem far more telling.
  2. WESA, SESA, LESA, PESA, oh my?

    Thanks for replying psweet and Sor A. As it turned out #4 is a cropped shot. Here's a different version with a much smaller bird (a least, I think, given the size and yellow legs). I can't gauge the relative size to the Westerns as they were too far away from each other. The thing with this version is that the smaller bird is actually closer to the camera than the bird in question, confirming the size difference to my mind. To further complicate, a Baird's was reported at the site a day previous to my visit. However, the breast on this bird seems too dark and I can't tell the wing length relative to the tail here. Two more shots of the same two birds.
  3. In Austin TX yesterday. Four pics (though the whole group is here, if you're interested.) The hook: is this a shot with a Semipalmated, Western and a Least Sandpiper (from left to right)? How about these two? Definitely Western, right? Finally, what's going with this one? Just a Pectoral? Couldn't tell if those legs were yellowish or black.
  4. shorebirds in Central Texas

    Thank you, Sor A. Hopefully I can get back out there this evening. If I can get some more/better shots, I'll post under a new topic.
  5. A couple days ago in Austin. Westerns, Semipalmateds and Baird's' have been reported this week at this site. I don't think I'm seeing any long wings of the latter, but I can never tell about the first two. There are some that seem rather white-ish over all, with not-too-long bills (semipalmated?). Some have a wamer color , but lack the russet cheek and crown I've been trained to associate with Westerns. Don't think I have an angle showing a good longish, droopy bill either. Finally, I know for certain there are a few Least mixed in; they're not really the issue. Basically lots of confusion . Hope you can help. Here's the Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146575744@N07/shares/51C365. the pics are numbered. Thanks.
  6. Connecticut flycatcher

    from Hammonasset S.P last week. Wing bars are prominent, primaries seem long-ish, eye ring is noticeable, back seems greenish, though this could be an artifact of the shade. The bird was seen in bushes about .25-.5 mile from the beach at Meig's point. Probably just a Pewee, but I thought I'd check in just in case.
  7. Yellowlegs

    Fantastic. Thank you both very much!
  8. Yellowlegs

    Any other time of year, I wouldn't bother y'all with this question, but apparently in Austin, Lesser Yellowlegs are a rare breed (whereas Greaters are apparently not so rare) and I would like confirmation before I report it as such. The pics aren't great, but I think/hope the angles and the serendipitous alignment with the killdeer might help with the confirm. Thanks ahead of time!
  9. Thanks, psweet. It was a shot in the dark hairbrained idea, but worth the ask anyway. Appreciate the time.
  10. Outlandish question probably worth shunning: Has anyone ever seen or heard of a completely melanistic (all black) summer tanager? https://www.flickr.com/photos/146575744@N07/shares/202W5G Bad shots again, but I think there's enough of a look at the bill of this bird (likely immature) that evokes the bill of a summer tanager as does the tail. This individual was very quiet, sheltering in some low branches after a brief foray onto a sunny path. A male summer tanager did alight nearby, sung a few bars quietly and then left. The black individual didn't respond or move. I'm making a big deal of the connection to tanagers because today's sighting is in the exact same area I saw a very similar pair of birds last week. The hive mind was unable to come to a consensus at the time. Here's a link to the previous discussion in which a bronzed cowbird or other blackbird were proposed. I don't know if these shots help drive the discussion or help confirm the much more likely possibility of a bronzed cowbird
  11. Buteo--not rth

    Thanks, everyone. It's not a lifer, but still pretty cool to see one so relatively close and get a better sense for the bird.
  12. Buteo--not rth

    Thanks for helping to eliminate rth, geoffclarke. I had first wondered zone-taield, too. Looking around, though, this bird seems far too brown for a zone-tailed. They seem to be extensively black everywhere, except the tail. Like you, though, I've never seen one irl and I've only seen broad-wingeds soaring at great height, never perched 40 yards away. Hopefully we can get someone else to weigh in and help us both out.
  13. Buteo--not rth

    Today in Austin. This is probably just an immature red-tailed, but there's something about it that has me second-guessing myself. The face seem off as does the prominence of the cere. I believe I'm seeing white undertail coverts and in the far distance, super-zoomed shots, the orange of the breast and upper belly seems different. When the bird flew off and settled at the distant location, I didn't notice seeing dark palagials either. Finally, the banding on the tail seems too broad for a immature red-tailed, too. Could this be a broad-winged hawk? Is it too "beefy" for one? I've included the best image below and linked to a collection of far lesser quality. https://www.flickr.com/photos/146575744@N07/shares/949Kz3
  14. Black Juvie/immature bird

    I'm of the same mind, chiccadee. The behavior was really weird and this bird is way too black for an immature grackle (the only one I would expect around here are great-taileds). I've only ever seen young colored like female adults and this isn't that. It quite a puzzle, this one.
  15. Bird in a nest--if you're up for a challenge

    That was my hunch, too, S.C. Thanks for the consideration!