Spotted this redpoll in with a flock of Commons at Whitefish Point a few weeks ago. I've passed it off as a Common but wanted to double check. Although not as pale as a confirmed Hoary spotted later, this individuals was a fair bit paler than the surrounding Common Redpolls. Thoughts?
I'm seeking identification on a few gulls seen today. The photos were taken from the shore of Lake St. Clair, located in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, amidst a massive flock of Herring/Ring-Billed Gulls. I've got some guesses but I'm curious to hear what you think! 3 and 4 are same...
My thought as well. I can see a fairly distinct band across the rump where there is a transition from grayish-brown feathers of the back to the rufous color of the tail. However, this appearance seems to be lessened by the bright sunlight entering from the left side of the frame. I can still...
Thank you. My Stokes guide mentioned that winter Brewer's usually have dark eyes and I was a bit confused by that. I had assumed my birds were Rusty Blackbirds, which are much more expected here anyhow. Thank you both for the help!
Thank you Nutcracker.
Unfortunately that was the best photo I was able to take of that individual. Yesterday I returned to the site and found two definite Cackling Geese in the mix. Very small geese with short necks and stubby bills.
Several of these blackbirds flew by earlier today along a wildlife flooding. Does the yellow eye rule out Brewer's? Sorry for the poor photos, the birds were at quite a distance and have been heavily cropped.