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    Unknown Tern, Hainan, China

    It's a Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
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    Pomarine or Arctic Skua?

    Agree with Pomarine. Structure alone should exclude parasitic. Congratulations on the amazing record
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    Warbler, Portugal (Iduna/Acrocephalus)

    You would think, yes. It breeds inland, at the border with Spain, but it is essentially a rarity everywhere else, only rarely found in migration, as it doesn't really venture west unless there are some easterlies (which actually was the case). I agree with your assessment of the undertail...
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    Warbler, Portugal (Iduna/Acrocephalus)

    Hi all, I watched this warbler on Sep 8th at Doca de Faro, in the Algarve (Portugal). In the field, I saw a medium-sized warbler, Melodious-like, which was clearly whitish below with no traces of yellow, and was dull brown above with no visible contrast in the plumage. The bird kept feeding...
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    Tundra/Taiga Bean Goose, Portugal

    I mean that they all were accepted as subspecies fabalis!:eek!: The good news is... The new PRC is essentially going to dig up the old records, and will reassess hopefully. So this may take a while, but I hope by next year we will have some answers. Regarding the Spanish ones, I can only tell...
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    pipit ID -- Asturias, Spain

    Surely not at the end of November, when Olive-backed Pipit is likely more probable than Tree Pipit. Still it's a clear Meadow Pipit
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    Tundra/Taiga Bean Goose, Portugal

    Thank you, Lützen The bigger problem here is that, as I said, before going IOC in 2018, the Portuguese Rarity Committee was following AERC which didn't consider the split. So for most Portuguese birders any Bean Goose was a fabalis. Hence both birds having been submitted to eBird as such, not...
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    Tundra/Taiga Bean Goose, Portugal

    Hi all, Thanks for the input so far. I guess this is a rather tricky bird... I have to say that I leaned towards Tundra here because in the field the bird appeared really small and elegant, it was rather straightforward to pick it out in the middle of the greylags in flight because of the...
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    Tundra/Taiga Bean Goose, Portugal

    Hey everyone, Currently there is a bit of a lack of understanding about which taxa have occurred in Portugal, and I would like to hear some opinions on one of the birds which has occurred in the past. I attach the best pictures of the bird taken by Pedro Marques. Video...
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    Yellowlegs ID Portugal

    I never got around to thanking you guys for the input, especially Killian for the detailed description - very helpful even for future situations. The bird has indeed been confirmed as a Lesser Yellowlegs as it has stayed and has been fully documented. Cheers, Pedro
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    Eagle sp. from Tagus Estuary, Portugal

    Quite a few Portuguese people think it's a LSE, I'm personally on the fence with this one. Doesn't look like one of the obvious hybrids to me either. Any more opinions?
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    White-backed Vulture in the WP

    This species is still category D in Portugal for a number of reasons, but basically because the species back in 2006 (only accepted record so far) was still pretty much unknown to migrate this further north, and Ruppell's Vultures were still very rare (now they are frequent). So at the time it...
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    Yellowlegs ID Portugal

    Hi everyone, This bird was spotted today in southern Portugal by Michael Davis. Credits of photo and observation go to him. This image is the only one we got, and it got people thinking if it could be a Greater Yellowlegs, which is a mega in mainland Portugal and would drive people to a big...
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Not yet, ticked the AHG in Portugal today
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Great decision! What a fantastic bird.
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    They are still likely to get AHG too. And then it depends on which birds they still want to try.
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Easily twitchable Dusky Warbler around Lisbon at the moment. Might stay for a while (there are other records of wintering birds) because it doesn't have a tail.
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Corvo season round-up. Absolutely amazing http://birdingcorvo2013.blogspot.pt/2017/11/the-2017-autumn-on-corvo-brief-summary.html?m=1
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Hmmm not sure it's the best one. Corvo has had better seasons (but with less birders).
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    This adult male Hooded Warbler is just.... Ridiculous.
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Stunning shot from Vincent Legrand of the warbler, and apparently there was a Swainson’s thrush found on the same bush (!), adding to a multitude of blackpoll warblers. Just another day on Corvo.
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Now that’s the bomb I was hoping for!!! Amazing
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    They actually left the Azores in mid October???? 3:-) 3:-)3:-)3:-):-O:-O:-O:-O Wtf??? B (:
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    It's interesting that the 20th of October two years ago also yielded a fall, if I remember carefully. But yesterday you had tons of quality. We still don't have the big bomb of the year though. Where's that first for the WP?;)
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    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    The killdeer thing was interesting for a second but soon it became clear that there was absolutely no evidence and was most likely a false rumour. So there are no confirmed records of any nearctic species breeding in the Azores. Iceland still holds that feat :) What are they thinking at the...
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