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Bird Identification: CLOSED: can anybody ID this bird (#2)

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2007
3:53 PM

Post #3041792

Last fall a blustery storm blew up really fast and left just as fast. In its wake, the front yard was full of the largest variety of birds I have ever seen in one place. They were all very agitated and flying around like crazy. They were also calling out to each other. After watching for a while I realized that they were chasing and eating small flying insects that were almost invisible. Anyway, this is one of the birds that I couldn't identify. At first I thought it was a goldfinch in winter garb but it was larger than a finch and when I compared it to goldfinches that were also flying around the coloring was different. Any ideas? These photos were taken through my living room window so they aren't very sharp.

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2007
3:54 PM

Post #3041795

Here is another view.

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2007
3:55 PM

Post #3041796

One last look. I wish these were clearer!

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2007
3:59 PM

Post #3041812

Looks like a female Painted Bunting.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2007
4:05 PM

Post #3041837

Another shot of some females with a male.

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2007
4:11 PM

Post #3041861

Oh wow! I would never have thought of that gardenpom because we don't generally seen them around here. I think they are more prevalent in the Carolinas near the coast. BUT... about 10 years ago I was totally stunned but a pair of males that flew right by my head from out of nowhere. They were too busy fighting and arguing with each other to have noticed me kneeling in the garden. It took me a good five minutes to catch my breath though as they were so bright and beautiful they didn't seem real. I got up and tried to find them in the backyard where they flew into a tree. By the time I got there they were gone. So maybe this was a female!!! Especially since it was here on the tail of a large storm during migration season. You are so lucky to see them at your feeders!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2007
4:13 PM

Post #3041864

The males are very nervous birds, and there seem to always be more females than males. These have spent the last two winters here feeding in my backyard.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2007
4:15 PM

Post #3041870

Gardenpom, I had no idea there was such a difference in the male and female coloring - we don't get them here at all, sadly (Pacific Northwest).
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2007
4:32 PM

Post #3041941

The is a male Painted Bunting with what I believe is a female Indigo Bunting. I saw a male Indigo a few times last year, and the Buntings are known to travel together.

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2007
5:22 PM

Post #3042119

Gee, I could look at these gorgeous pics all day long lol. I know we get the Indigo Buntings because a co-worker of mine gets them all the time. I have never seen one at my house though. She is more isolated and woodsy than I am. Its one of the birds I hope to see someday!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2007
6:19 PM

Post #3042345

Female or juvenile Scarlet Tanager!

Resin
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2007
6:23 PM

Post #3042367

lilyfantn: I had never seen a painted bunting until last summer. A male came to our feeder. I got one blurry photo and he was gone, but you'd have thought I had one the lottery, I was so happy. :)

I also had no idea what the female looks like. Otherwise, I'd have ID'd your bird as what Fielding's describes as 'confusing fall warblers'. :))

Deb
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2007
6:38 PM

Post #3042420

Resin, I have the feeling we will all be relying on your extensive knowledge!!!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2007
6:55 PM

Post #3042490

So many of these females look alike...I checked on these, and I saw a female Summer Tanager that looked even more like it. I have got to get a good bird identification book. Any suggestions from people who have one on which is best?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2007
8:13 PM

Post #3042826

Summer Tanager would have an even heavier bill, and doesn't have the white tips on the primaries and secondaries (see 3rd pic)

Resin
seedsbelize
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

December 12, 2009
2:52 AM

Post #7360564

female scarlet

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