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    Flycatchers - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    It seems that the Flycatchers are in the peak of migration right now as I caught some new similar looking ones today and would like some confirmation since new to me. First is one I first thought to be a Taiga Flycatcher, but on closer viewing seemed to look more like a Red-breasted F...
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    Warbler? - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    From today Sept. 14th - Probably something obvious and/or juv. coloration that is fooling me. This approximately 20cm Warbler? popped up out of the weeds and paused briefly in a nearby tree.
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    Gulls - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    From today, Sept. 14th, Panjin, Liaoning, China. Two species which makes size comparison easier. The larger is actually a small gull in itself as a Saunder's Gull. Able to tie that down from the more common Black-headed Gull with the distinctive "eek - eek" calls and the visual judgement of...
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    Flycatcher - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    In molt, so just on the chance of someone being able to provide any help with ID. An obvious Flycatcher, behavior, large eye, the way it tends to hold its wings, size, but either a very young juv. or very worn adult in molt. Several in a group hawking small insects above the adjacent marsh...
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    Shrike - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Also today on the edges of the marsh. What I assume to be a Brown Shrike, as there are many about tending to their fledglings right now, but this one seems exceptionally dark colored. Just a color variation or another species? Panjin, Liaoning, China - July 28, 2021
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    Sandpiper - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Checking out the local marsh and encountered several of these for which I'm not making a successful ID. Managed to get good photo and at first thought of Common or Green Sandpiper, but the birds in flight had a clear, distinct, fanned out, bright pure white tail marking and gray color on legs...
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    Nordmann's Greenshank ? - Yingkou, Liaoning, China

    One last one that I dug out of the photos from April 26, 2021 from Yingkou, Liaoning, China. Best I can come up with on this one is Nordmann's Greenshank, but I haven't observed that before and it was only observed at range. On tidal mudflat.
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    Yingkou, Liaoning, China - Grey Plover ?

    An ID check for what would be a new tick for me. On the tidal mud flat at the mouth of the DaLiao River in Yingkou, Liaoning, China. April 26, 2021. I'm 90%+ sure on this one due to the in flight photos showing the distinct underwing black patch, but still good practice to have anything new...
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    Yingkou, Liaoning, China - misidentified in field notes April 26, 2021

    I stalked this fellow for about ten minutes as although it was skulking in the brush, I could see enough with the binoculars to know it was something I am at least not well trained on. The heavy bill made me think bunting and I tenatively wrote down a field ID of Black-Headed, but that came...
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    Red Collared Dove? - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Picked up yesterday, October 22nd in scrub woods separating city from open rice fields in Panjin, Liaoning, China. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) are not uncommon here, but this is one of a pair that attracted my attention as they just looked smaller and more uniformly reddish...
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    Bunting help: Panjin, Liaoning, China

    I have been going back and forth on ID of some bunting recently found at the Panjin Wetland Park, Panjin, Liaoning, China. It doesn't show here, but I was definitely able to discern a bunting type crest being slightly raised intermittently. I observed in binoculars and can verify that the...
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    Snake ID - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    I am hoping that someone here will help with an ID for a beautiful small snake that I ran across today (September 30, 2020) at the Panjin Wetland Park, Panjin, Liaoning Province, China. I am totally without any references to work from here. No, I didn't kill it. I don't know if it killed it...
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    Common or Wood Sandpiper?

    I feel confident about this ID, but it has been questioned, so I'm submitting it to ya'll. August 25, 2020, Panjin, Liaoning, China. A wetland area, not quite marsh, but heavy rain the day before. This single sandpiper showed an amazing lack of fear of humans, so I was able to get some...
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    Call; Panjin, Liaoning, China

    At an isolated pond Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China. This morning, June 29 at Noon. It is heavily overgrown around the pond and it is itself walled and gated off, so difficult to investigate, but whistling the call myself, I was able to stir up a couple of Yellow Bittern. Black-Crowned...
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    Pied Harrier?

    Thought maybe this would be a better place to run this by. Any opinions on what I thought might be a Pied Harrier in a marsh along the Shuangtaizi River in Panjin, Liaoning, China. May 5th, 2020. Considerably paler, indeed more "pied" than the Hen Harriers that I commonly see in this area...
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    Snipe & Harrier - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    A couple of new species for me May 5, 2020, so looking for confirmation. Panjin, Liaoning, China - Marshy areas adjacent to the Shuangtaizi River. First what looks to be a Pin-Tailed Snipe The paler color than the Common Snipe I have been seeing and a pale crown stripe was visible through...
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    Sandpipers & misc.- Panjin, Liaoning, China

    I would like an opinion as to these. From a large chaotically mixed flock feeding in a marshy area today. 1st photo: I believe it to be a Marsh Sandpiper in the foreground and a Wood Sandpiper in the background. 2nd photo: Wood Sandpiper 3rd photo: Bar-Tailed Godwit in flight 4th...
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    Eyebrowed Thrush ?

    Would be a new tic and also could be a Dusky/Naumann's hybrid, so seeking second opinions. That breast pattern looks very Naumann's but the very distinct facial markings are not what I usually see here. Single bird and Naumann's have been in loose flocks this year. Panjin, Liaoning, China...
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    Martin/Swallow or ? Panjin, Liaoning, China

    If I didn't have so much time on my hands I would probably just have written it off to not sure and hoped to catch a better view later. Panjin, Liaoning, China April 8, 2019 Marsh with village on the edge Working the edges of a marsh and occasionally a flock of about twenty of these very...
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    Which Emberiza?

    I thought to be Pallas's Reed Bunting - Emberiza pallasi. However, struck me as a little larger than a Eurasian Tree Sparrow and the tail seemed broader and not as long as Pallas's. Japanese Reed Bunting Emberiza yessoensis still in winter markings? Panjin, Liaoning, China March 21, 2020 On...
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    Shrike - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Late in the year for here, (Panjin, Liaoning, China), but apparently no one told this fellow. I puzzled over this shrike through the binoculars for awhile, but I have now decided it looks most like a Brown Shrike. Only thing in focus as it flew off was the tail, but the light was better then...
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    Thrush - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    The day was very slow until, of course, I was pressed for time and had to leave. Then a complex song attracted me. It appeared that several of these pale gray looking birds, thrush like in appearance and behavior, were the source, but whatever it was was being very reclusive. I managed to...
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    Gulls - Panjin, Liaoning, China OCT-22, 2019

    Gulls from Panjin, Liaoning, China area OCT-22, 2019. I separated them into two types seen. A practically solid wall of fog suddenly moved in before I could do any further searching. Type 1 looked suspiciously like a Relict Gull to me, but I am terrible with gulls. Type 2 I think to be...
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    Siberian Accentor ? Panjin, Liaoning, China

    What looked good to me for Siberian Accentor, but that would be new, so would appreciate verification. Deep in the shadows in a small stand of woods and me without my best camera rig, hence not the best of shots. Panjin, Liaoning, China, OCT-21, 2019
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    Raptor - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Panjin, Liaoning, China - October 14, 2019 Three not great photos to work from as all I had with me was my 18-300mm lens and I only got a quick look at distance so I thought I would see if anyone had and possibilities in mind. Impression through binoculars was very falcon like form and flight...
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