NJ Birder

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  1. Very nice photos!
  2. Agreed. The head seems to be stained with maybe iron?
  3. Agreed. The only breeding populations you can technically count are the ones in Florida, and the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas.
  4. Your bird is an adult drake Redhead.
  5. Agreed. The bird is in it's advanced third-cycle.
  6. Your main Duck is a Muscovy.
  7. It's a diagnostic first-year Bald Eagle.
  8. I agree; immature Cooper's. I would also guess male going based off of the size in comparison with the line.
  9. They really resemble Least - at least the ones I'm look at.
  10. Your falcon is a Kestrel, while your ducks in flight resemble Gadwall. Your ducks on water do (4th picture) resemble Black Duck/Mallard types, but I would wait for further support. The 3rd photo I can't say; I just know they're ducks
  11. Glaucous-winged x Herring would have noticeably darker primaries. It would basically resemble a Glaucous-winged Gull with black primaries. This bird has white primaries, therefore excluding Glaucous-winged x Herring and Glaucous-winged x Western.
  12. I would too. Although, I can't 100% confirm, the bill does look bulky enough.
  13. It is a first-cycle white-winged gull. Without a proper view of the primaries, I can't say anything 100% positive. Likely a Glaucous-winged Gull considering your location; Thayer's can be excluded by lack of darker primaries and checkered plumage. Thayer's should also have pale edges and tips on the primaries, but this bird's primaries are too light for recognition. Glaucous can be excluded by lack of a strongly bi-colored bill; Iceland can't be 100% excluded from the choices, but it is highly unlikely given the bill size, posture, and overall mass. Hybrids can be excluded by lack of darker primaries, as well as unaltered bill colors. I'd guess that it is a pure first-cycle Glaucous-winged Gull. A nice view of the primaries would give the bird away. The bird is also a possible female given the size comparison with the adult Herring Gull behind it to the left.
  14. I've seen similar shots throughout the internet (of young Red-shoulders), and this bird's cere just doesn't look bright enough for RSHA.
  15. Size is relatively variable in hawks. Nice photo!