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Sharp-shinned or Coopers, Warblers too: S. Florida (1 Viewer)


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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 cooper's as we have many around here, but on looking closer, I thought maybe sharp-shinned...feet and legs look skinny...but juvie coopers and sharp-shinned can look pretty close. Here are two in-flight shots:



2. One of several unidentified warblers spotted in a great big cluster of dozens of birds and numerous species all feeding in a stand of cypress pines:


3. Here are a few shots of what I think are all the same bird - another unidentified warbler to help with the ID on this one:




4. This one might be a same bird as a previous shot above, but the shot came later after photographing a few other birds, so just in case it's something different, here's one more warbler:


5. This one not a very good shot, but there seemed to be a little more yellow than the previous birds shown above:


6. One last one - wasn't sure if this was an eastern phoebe - it looked a little too big - so thinking maybe great crested flycatcher?:


Many thanks in advance for any and all help!
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Interesting - certainly could be as we have lots of red-shouldereds here too - it looked quite small to me, but it's difficult to tell with in-flight shots with nothing to compare it to - and a juvenile can always be hard from a distance. Any others?


Red-shouldered for me. Rounded wing-tips of five feathers distinguish it from Broad-winged Hawk. Certainly make the case for crescent, translucent "wing-windows". Wings carried forward.


It's just a flesh wound.
1. Red-shouldered Hawk
2. Blackpoll Warbler
3. Orange-crowned Warbler
4. Orange-crowned Warbler
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Pass

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1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Pine Warbler? The tail looks too long for a Blackpoll Warbler.
3 Orange-crowned Warbler
4 Orange-crowned Warbler
5 pass
6 Eastern Phoebe


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OK - thanks so far. Sounds like #1 is a sure thing for RS hawk...the in-flight perspective thing made it look much smaller so I was thinking of smaller hawks. #3 and 4 sound like sure things for orange-crowned warbler - I always forget about them when trying to ID! I go through all the ones I'm most used to, and somehow forget about them. And #6 sounds good for eastern phoebe.

The two less sure so far seem to be:

#2 sounds more likely to be blackpoll based on majority votes, though a guess at pine?
#5 still no firm call on that - it is a blurry partially blocked photo so I'm not surprised the ID is difficult.


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The warblers are pine (definitely not black-poll) and orange crowned. The final bird is an eastern phoebe. Correct on the other ones.
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