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  1. Zackiedawg

    Unknown small bird IDs - Delray Beach, Florida, USA

    We've been getting a lot more wintering birds down here, and while I can identify most, sometimes a few get mixed in where I'm just not sure if it's a non-breeding, female, juvenile, etc. of some very similar looking warbler or vireo. Here are a few of the ones I'm unsure on, any help...
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    S Florida - Shorebirds distant - dowitcher, yellowlegs?

    Yesterday, I went out to some wetlands farther west and north than my usual spots, and there were quite a few wintering ducks and species - shovelers, widgeons, scaups, mergansers. Also there were some shorebirds - large flocks of least sandpipers...and far off in the distance, this gathering...
  3. Zackiedawg

    ID South Florida help: Thrasher? Flycatcher?

    I've got two IDs I was hoping to verify if I am correct with. The first (#1) I think is a juvenile brown thrasher...in the ID guides they don't seem to have such a bold eye ring when juvenile which is throwing me off a bit: 1. https://pbase.com/zackiedawg/image/171098733/original The second...
  4. Zackiedawg

    Sandpiper ID - Wellington, Florida

    Had two sandpipers in the western wetlands of SE Florida this weekend. One I am fairly confident is a solitary sandpiper, #1: 1. https://pbase.com/zackiedawg/image/170997851/original I was able to get quite close to this one. The other one however, stayed much more distant, and I had to use...
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    Warbler help - S Florida

    I've run into a few warbler type species that I'm not too sure on again - Southeast Florida had pretty good migratory action and thousands of birds of a dozen or more species were all filling the trees - that means sometimes some juveniles, females, or non-breeding birds mixed in that are more...
  6. Zackiedawg

    Female or juvenile warbler IDs needed - South Florida

    As I've been stuck in the house and back yard for the past month, all my birding has been restricted to there - but fortunately with spring migration on, we've had good activity in the yard. This past Saturday, a good mix of warblers was passing through the trees, and as usual, I am having some...
  7. Zackiedawg

    Sharp-shinned or Coopers, Warblers too: S. Florida

    Have a few ID's i'm not too sure on, and hoping to get help/clarification from the experts here who so often help me out. 1. Shooting at my local wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida, I had the following unsure IDs. First, this small hawk in flight - initial thought was it was probably a juvenile...
  8. Zackiedawg

    S. Florida Warning: Green Cay, Peaceful Waters CLOSED for repairs

    To anyone traveling down this way, or locals who wanted to get out and do some birding at the various local parks, be warned that two of the more popular sites for birding are closed or will be closing for quite some time as they undergo boardwalk and/or building repairs and renovation. Green...
  9. Zackiedawg

    Very Yellow Fellow - South Florida

    Among the various warblers and vireos and other small birds here for winter, I had this one which had one of the most vibrant yellow chests I've seen...but I couldn't figure out just what he was. This was in Delray Beach, FL, at a local wetlands reserve...any help appreciated...
  10. Zackiedawg

    S. Florida - small hawk - merlin, sharp-shinned?

    I spotted this small hawk circling high above me in the wetlands this weekend - my initial thought based on size and predominant colors was a merlin. But on looking closer at the photos, cropped in tight, the eye is clearly yellow - and as far as I know merlins always have dark eyes...so my...
  11. Zackiedawg

    S. Florida: Chuck-Will's or Whip-Poor-Will? And a bunting?

    I've got two birds to get an ID on this week. The first is one of those difficult IDs - between two very similar looking birds, both of which occur in my area. I really only get to spot and shoot either one of these maybe once every 2 years or so - it was a treat to find one again yesterday...
  12. Zackiedawg

    South Florida - Migrating Species - warbler, wren?

    Last weekend I ended up with another mystery bird I couldn't identify while shooting the many different migrating species passing through our area, as well as the wintering arrivals. This weekend my local wetlands had at least 20 different species of warblers & vireos and such...one among them...
  13. Zackiedawg

    Some Florida warblers/vireo IDs needed

    It's that time of year again with migration and early winter arrivals, and the small birds in various stages of non-breeding, first fall, and juvenile colorations which makes it difficult for me to ID some of them, especially if it was not a great photo to help ID it. So any help would be much...
  14. Zackiedawg

    Small swallow/martin type bird in Panama

    I was looking back on some bird photos taken in Panama years ago, and one that I never got around to processing or looking at was a shot taken from on a boat while in the Panama Canal, towards the Gatun locks side. I didn't think of them at the time because they were just small brown birds...
  15. Zackiedawg

    S. Florida waterthrush - Northern or Louisiana?

    I have a few shots of a bird creeping along the shore of a pond, which I think is a waterthrush. I've spotted waterthrushes near this same pond in previous years around this time of year. Last time in 2016 it was a northern waterthrush. This time I wasn't sure if this could be a Louisiana...
  16. Zackiedawg

    South Florida - type of hawk/raptor?

    I am thrown off with this bird in flight - I can't quite link it perfectly to the typical birds I see in the area. Most common here would be osprey, red-shouldered hawk, then followed by cooper's hawk and sharp-shinned, the occasional red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, then the rest relatively...
  17. Zackiedawg

    Hawk type, and warbler type - S Florida

    I've got a couple shots I was hoping some might help me verify the ID from this past weekend...both shot in the Delray Beach area on the SE coast of Florida. 1. Some kind of warbler - had small yellow patches ahead of the wing that made me think yellow-rumped, but had a very brown head that is...
  18. Zackiedawg

    South Florida - flycatcher?

    Got a few shots here of a bird I could not identify clearly...at no point would he come out of the deep cypress trees to let me get a clear shot, so I had to manually focus THROUGH heavy branches and leaves - which is why the details are a bit lacking and contrast is poor. He was clearly larger...
  19. Zackiedawg

    It's Florida warbler ID time again - SE Florida

    Again, out birding the first week of December, and again I came upon some warblers filling the tree canopies - most easily identifiable, but a few I couldn't quite confirm, or at least feel confident with. All help appreciated: I thought initially I was seeing yellow-rumped, but the...
  20. Zackiedawg

    S.E. Florida - Odd looking warbler ID needed

    While out yesterday re-locating my golden-winged warbler that I had gotten blurry ID shots of the week before (happily I did relocate the bird and got some better shots this time)...I shot a few other warblers hanging out in the same batch of trees - one which I immediately ID'd as a...
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