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  1. Song Sparrow

    Hi all, I reasoned this to be a song sparrow, because it looks like one to me by also by elimination, since I know it's not an American Tree, White-throated or House Sparrow (the other wintering sparrows in NW Vermont). But then I didn't consider a Savannah Sparrow, so I changed it to sparrow sp. until I feel certain. I still think it's a Song Sparrow due to redder coloring, lack of any light/yellow around eyebrow or lores, but want to get other opinions. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42752337 Thank you, Graham
  2. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but "I don't know" or "can't adjudicate" (and reporting it as a taxa or sp) is a reasonable take just from these photos. I'd only report a rare bird if I were certain, and from my experience you'd need to hear the call difference or look for the absence of black underwing axillaries to be certain in my limited experience with Goldens. Do you have either/both pieces of said info? The one I identified also had a BBPL right next to it, so you could size the sizing/proportion differences.
  3. Hi all, This one seems to be an immature Cooper's hawk mostly due to tail (looked more rounded in flight, outer tails appear to be shorter than inner ones while perched) and the way it flew as I watched it, wondering if others feel sure of this and what other cues might people use. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41792192 Thank you, Graham
  4. sparrow ID

    Hi all, Saw this little one on Duxbury Beach, MA on 12/7 with some Song Sparrows. Smaller than the Song Sparrows and much lighter overall, but I didn't have an immediate guess at the time due to the list of common/non-rare species the ebird checklist gave me. Could this just be a smaller, immature Song Sparrow? It just looked so different compared to the darker, larger and seemingly longer-tailed adults or others nearby. See four pics entitled "sparrow". https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yWDVm5IoFzzqVgQiWynf1tz8Bc1ApVwl Thank you, Graham
  5. Lesser Scaup?

    Hi all, Saw some Scaup yesterday in Burlington, VT area. Still not comfortable with Lesser vs. Greater, though getting there. People in the local community seem to rely heavily on white on primaries (whether it extends to wing tip or not). But sounds like you can rely on head and neck shape and overall size. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yWDVm5IoFzzqVgQiWynf1tz8Bc1ApVwl I have five Scaup pictures above. Two I think are an obvious Greater (it's labeled) and then three more with what I think is one Lesser in them due to its long neck, thinner/taller head and overall slightness compared to nearby Scaup. Does this look like a Lesser? Thanks, Graham
  6. Palm Warbler

    Hi all, Just wanted a second opinion on my ID of Palm Warbler here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39086030 I saw some American Pipits a few hours earlier, so just wanted to make sure I switched gears correctly to call this tail bobber a Palm Warbler. Thanks, Graham
  7. Yellowlegs and Ducks

    Hello, Observed these today (8/28/17) in Shelburne, VT. 1) Any issue calling the yellowlegs pics Greater Yellowlegs? They looked more than a bit bigger than a nearby Killdeer, but I'm not sure if someone has some greater vs. lesser ID tips, as I tend to be unsure. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7BzRGqv4KWSTWJEeWFhTDU1YjA 2) Also in above folder, check out the Pie-billed Grebe and its diver companion (saw it dive a few times). I couldn't quite ID it, though given the area, it would have to be a Common Goldeneye, Redhead or Canvasback. The latter two are rare in our area, but I'm almost leaning to a Canvasback due to bill slope and apparent red/brown head coloring. Thoughts? Thank you, Graham
  8. Grasshopper Sparrow?

    Of course, thank you! Always want it to be the rarer one...
  9. Grasshopper Sparrow?

    Does this one look like a Grasshopper Sparrow? Taken today (7/3) in Burlington, VT. Check out two g_sparrow pics... https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7BzRGqv4KWSN1pWbklTak5EWVk
  10. Unsure of song, feel like I should know

    Yes, that's what I stumbled on to today listening to songs. It's been reported in the thicketed area where I was the past few days. I'll need to see it though, would be a life bird. Thanks!
  11. Hi all, See attached I heard on the edge of a mixed forest near Burlington, VT today. It's the bird that's not the Veery. There is a chipping sparrow pulse at the end, but it's preceded by some chits, so it's more like a two part song. Haven't heard chipping sparrows do this, nor have I heard/seen them in this location. Song is kind of faint, but any ideas? Thanks, Graham Chipping?.m4a
  12. Swainson's Thrush?

    Hi all, Am thinking this is a Swainson's Thrush due to more pronounced eye line in lores region (spectacles) and plain, drab back, no red or reddish brown. Thoughts? This was in Lyme, NH on 5/20/17. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7BzRGqv4KWSNHU1RVNRZTJOWGs https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7BzRGqv4KWSQkNwdThBaDk4bEk Thanks!, Graham
  13. Northern Parula?

    Thanks all, sounds like we don't have enough data (i didn't see it) to be sure. We normally don't get Worm-eating Warblers here, but in May who knows. I need to get myself some more field time with Parulas, have only see one once and haven't seen one singing, which normally does the imprint of song for me.
  14. Northern Parula?

    Is the buzzy, two part song (to me it rises, then falls or flattens) in the attached at 17 and 35 second mark a Northern Parula? Recording taken in a mixed forest in Burlington, VT on 5/16/17. (not referring to the louder what I think was a tanager or the other trill that sounds like a pine warbler) Thanks! Parula.m4a
  15. Yellowlegs

    Great, thanks all! It also didn't seem that much bigger than the Solitary, when the Solitary was standing straight up, but again, I probably need more field time to get more comfortable with this. Thanks again.