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NJ Birder

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    Birding, studying, and traveling are my primary interests.

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  1. Rough-legged hawk?

    It's a juvenile Red-tailed. Note how the light primary panel, which is visible from above and, therefore, indicative of a juvenile, spans the primary coverts, which is diagnostic of Red-tailed when seen.
  2. Yes, Cape May for the first. Note the fine, pointy bill, typical of insectivores. Also note the greenish uppertail covert, which I can just see a hint of.
  3. Sanderling?

    Note the extensively exposed gape; something that isn't shown by Semipalmated or Western. Stints actually show this, however.
  4. Raptors N' Ducks

    Regarding the Red-tail, a better view of the underwing is needed. However, the strong rufous tones actually make me think Calarus/Alescensis.
  5. White-winged Scoter?

    Gadwall also has conspicuous white secondaries, but the large, dark, and bulky appearance nail the ID as White-winged.
  6. Pipet?

    American Pipit is the only pipit recorded in North American to have black legs.
  7. YRWA or ....??

    Yes, it does appear to be a YRWA going based off of that tail pattern.
  8. Meadowlark?

    A shot of the spread tail would certainly help with the ID. That is, if you didn't hear it vocalize.
  9. Ring-billed Gull?

    This is a 1st-cycle Ring-billed Gull. The secondaries on Herring typically don't contrast with the greater secondary coverts. This appears to be a 1st-cycle bird due to the tapered and pointed primary tips, and 1st-cycle Herrings typically never have a dusky tail with a darker subterminal band and such a contrasting rump and uppertail coverts (although European Herrings do have a pale rump in 1st cycle plumage). 2nd-cycle also typically don't have such a tail pattern, I believe. The primary coverts are also tipped in white, something Herrings shouldn't have in either 1st or 2nd-cycle plumage.
  10. Agreed. 1st is a Cassin's Sparrow. 2nd is a Horned Lark. 3rd is a male Chestnut-collared Longspur. 4th is a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird.
  11. Herring Gull

    Yes, this is a 1st cycle Herring Gull.
  12. Cormorant ID in Sol Cal

    I've never seen one get so close to people!
  13. Confirm Horned Grebe

    Yes, all these appear to be Horned Grebes. At least two of which seem to be probable adults.
  14. Greater or lesser scaup

    At least two seem ok for Greater.
  15. Which Scaups?

    The first bird looks more like a Lesser, to me: to me, the head seems slightly taller than it is wide; the placement of the eye seems more in the center of the head relative to the bill, giving the appearance of the bird having more head above the eye; and I can kinda see a peaked rear-crown. Although these field marks are subjective, I find myself leaning more towards Lesser. I don't think the second bird is ID'able from that photo alone.