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  1. qwerty5

    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    Yesterday a lifer Wilson's Warbler, and a flock of Common Terns fishing, which was cool to watch.
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    American Black Duck vs Mottled Duck at Cameron Prairie NWR in Louisiana.

    Based on feather markings, the left bird appears to be Mottled Duck, while the right bird looks like American Black Duck. Disclaimer: I have no experience with Mottled Duck. If you post this photo to eBird, and American Black Duck gets flagged as rare, then a regional reviewer who knows a lot...
  3. qwerty5

    Warbler? Vireo? SE Massachusetts, Today

    Blackpoll Warbler I believe
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    Semipalmated vs. Least Sandpiper, Ohio, May 15, 2022

    I'm fairly certain all photos are of the same bird. The differences in the pictures I think is due to lighting and such, in the last two photos everything looks more clear and conrasty. Western would be extremely rare here in the spring. Can Least ever be this pale and gray?
  5. qwerty5

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    Willow Flycatcher today
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    Your WORST identifiable photos

    Correct
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    Semipalmated vs. Least Sandpiper, Ohio, May 15, 2022

    Today I saw a noticeably grayer peep among the many Least Sandpipers. I was unable to see any yellow on the legs. I'm thinking it's likely SESA, but hoping someone can confirm. Here are some phone scope pics, in the first you can see the difference between it and a LESA:
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    Your WORST identifiable photos

    Phone pic through bins, should be easy:
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    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    Highlights of the past week have included a Kentucky Warbler sitting up in plain sight and singing, Least Sandpiper, Acadian Flycatcher, and a silent Traill's Flycatcher (either species would have been a lifer...)
  10. qwerty5

    Your WORST identifiable photos

    Palm Warbler
  11. qwerty5

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    I've recently gotten Kentucky Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher
  12. qwerty5

    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    A late Red-breasted Nuthatch and a lifer Summer Tanager today.
  13. qwerty5

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    Lincoln's Sparrow, Veery, and Least Flycatcher this past week
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    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    This past week I've had a lot of migrants, including ten warblers on Sunday. Most notable were lifers Lincoln's Sparrow, Veery, and Least Flycatcher. Also got county record early Cape May and Canada Warblers (according to eBird).
  15. qwerty5

    Looking to upgrade binoculars

    ER length doesn't matter, what matters is the eyecups extending to the right position to get the whole FOV. The eye strain is probably because that sample was out of collimation, which would seem to be a result of quality control issues that are somewhat common in China made binoculars.
  16. qwerty5

    Vortex Viper HD 8x42 or Alpen Teton ED HD Abbe 8x42?

    Buy both and test them, then keep the one you like best. Then you will know which is best for you.
  17. qwerty5

    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    Yesterday got Gray Catbird and Eastern Kingbird
  18. qwerty5

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    County mega Yellow-crowned Night Heron, and a rare American Bittern on Friday. Cerulean Warbler yesterday
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    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    The past few days we've had a big surge of migrants locally. I got some of them. On Friday I twitched a county mega Yellow-crowned Night Heron, and I also got a surprise American Bittern, only the 3rd eBird record for the county. Friday also brought Yellow, Palm and Black-throated Green...
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    Looking to upgrade binoculars

    https://www.baxterbowman.com/vortex-viper-hd-vs-nikon-monarch-7-vs-maven-c-1-battle-of-the-hd-binoculars/ This is a review of the old Monarch 7. I think the upgrade was mostly build quality and cosmetics? Both the M7 or the Viper are very good binoculars.
  21. qwerty5

    Looking to upgrade binoculars

    I haven't owned either the Viper or the Traveller, but I've researched binoculars in this price range a lot. If I were to buy one, I would buy the Viper. That said, QC may be a bit of an issue since they are made in China, but with Vortex's warranty you can get a new pair if they turn out to be...
  22. qwerty5

    What Spring Migrants have you seen so far, 2022

    Had a good day yesterday, even though the birding felt slow. I finally got Swamp Sparrow and had nice views of Yellow-throated Warbler. Also two beautiful Caspian Terns (lifer), and an immature Herring Gull. I saw an early male Prothonotary Warbler, which was also a lifer. Rounding out the list...
  23. qwerty5

    New to Binoculars, need some advice.

    I would suggest the Kowa YF 8x30. They are optically very good for the price.
  24. qwerty5

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    Caspian Tern and Prothonotary Warbler yesterday
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    Rondeau Park, Ontario. April 15th.

    Another way to tell kinglets, vireos, and warblers apart from flycatchers is that flycatchers tend to perch upright, while the others perch horizontally.
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