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    Birds in Jamaica, West Indies

    #1. I'd go for Prairie Warbler after zooming in on the photo. #2. Not sure what local options are for a large blackbird in Jamaica. Carib Grackle? #3. Green Heron, adult
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    Another warbler (?) ID - SW Florida

    I agree on Pine Warbler, too. They can be quite variable in overall color, some being very brown with no yellow. The thick bill, split eye-ring, and double white wing bars are a good combo of features for this species.
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    Warbler I’d in middlesex, Ontario. September 4

    Looks great for Yellow-rumped for me, too, not something similar like Cape May.
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    Minnesota, USA, female scoter

    I'd go for White-winged too, based a bit off the first white patch being much duller than the second, but more on that sloping bill.
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    Raptor ID Help - New Mexico, USA

    Any chance of Ferruginous on #2? That pale face doesn't look good for Redtail to me, though they can be so variable. I seem to see the yellow gape line and perhaps rufous "leggings" as well, but I'd love more opinions.
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    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Back on the 17th of November, I arrived home to hear a thin "seeee" coming from somewhere nearby. It didn't take long to discover it was a 102. Brown Creeper (new yard bird!) working the neighbor's tree below eye level! I've always hoped for a Creeper, but the habitat isn't ideal. Maybe this...
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    Birding halfway up the Alps

    Fantastic photos and scenery Richard! Love these mountain updates. Are some of the larger lakes good for migrating waterfowl, or do they tend to avoid these high elevations (save for Geese and Corms maybe)?
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    What type of bird is this in any 11-17-21?

    This one's a male House Sparrow.
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    Question about hawk migration

    Franklin Mt. in Oneonta may not be too far, their season is right about now for Golden Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks. See this link below for info (HawkCount.org is a great website in general): https://www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=361 In spring, though, you can't beat sites on the Great...
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    Broad winged- Professor's lake, Brampton Ont.

    This bird's tail pattern and belly band point towards Red-tailed Hawk. If this was any time this month, Broad-winged would be very rare.
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    ID Wren, SouthPadreIsland, TX, USA

    House Wren for me, too. Tail too long for Winter, and without the patterning of Rock, Marsh, Sedge, etc.
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    SW Florida, USA - Halloween warblers

    I'd venture a guess at Yellow-bellied for the Empid, with possibly Acadian as 2nd option?
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    S Florida Raptor ID: Immature Cooper's, Sharpie, or something else?

    I'm in full agreement on Broad-winged immature, wing shape is better for that in addition to features Butty gave.
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    Warbler Type

    I agree on Black-and-White Warbler. As a fun exercise in eye tricks, those two white specks behind the bill look just like an eye, making it look like it's a side-on view instead of top down. Gives the "face" pattern a whole different appearance!
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    Sandpipers etc Santa Clara Panama

    All correct except for 5-6 (Sanderling).