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I know this is an easy one for you birders. This ID me thread is a wonderful idea! I'm just now getting to know the birds around my home even though I've lived in the area for my whole life, so I'm sure I'll be posting some common birds that I just never learned the name of.
Here's my first. I know they are some type of nuthatch, but I don't know what kind. Are they both males or are males and females similar?
Okay, I know that really wasn't fair since that photo is so far away. I hoped maybe someone who's good with photo editing could pull it and take a closer look, but here's the same photo cropped. When I first cropped it I thought it made it fuzzier, but now I see it's better than I thought. I'll try cropping/zooming a little more.
Thanks Doug...the size is about right. I will try and find it again and get a better pic. I was just excited to see a new bird and got carried away posting that lousy pic!
Germinator...that pic looks exactly like my pics in both of my bird books and I would say they are Red Breasted Nuthatch, although I am certainly no expert!This is the White Breasted Nuthatch that live in our area. :0)
Peeper...That sure looks like the wings of a Goldfinch!!
[quote]This is a bad pic but I was inside and the tree was in the field! I think it might be a Loggerhead Shrike, although I've never seen one before![/quote]
[quote]I'll start off my unidentified photos with this one. I have no idea ... [/quote]
Yellow-rumped Warbler (a.k.a. Myrtle Warbler), first-winter. The yellow flank is just visible; the Myrica (wax-myrtle) berry in its beak is also an indicator! - Yellow-rumped Warbler is one of not very many birds that can digest the wax in the berries, and therefore eats them a lot.
[quote]Here's my first. I know they are some type of nuthatch, but I don't know what kind[/quote]
Red-breasted Nuthatch; male on the left (black crown), female on the right (dark grey crown). Not Pygmy, that doesn't have the white eyebrow.
[quote]I cropped the suspected GF pic some more[/quote]
Yep, American Goldfinch
Thanks, Resin for your I.D. on my 'Yellow-rumped Warbler' and the supporting documentation. I appreciate everyone's input because that's how we all learn. As mentioned, I have a bunch of photos that need to be identified. I'll post them on this thread periodically.
[quote]This Hawk was near a local Wal-Mart early this morning[/quote]
I'd go for juv. Sharp-shin, tho' it's a bit too distant to be 100% sure
[quote]Here are two pics of a new one for me[/quote]
Again uncertain with the distance, but I'd say probably Eastern Phoebe.
[quote]Rump up, any arctic?[/quote]
Nothing I can be definite on, but there's a very promising one you've posted on the Daily Pics 46 thread! Very white compared to the others, big-looking, and with almost no flank streaking
[quote]Disney Wilderness Preserve, south of Kissimmee FL[/quote]
Agree, Loggerhead Shrike
Hi Viburnum Valley! I live a hop skip and a jump over in NE Tn. and we get a colony of double breasted cormorants in our river here every summer. I'm wondering if this might be the bird in your photo. Every summer I plan on trotting down to the river with camera and tripod and never seem to do so in time. They do look very similar to anhingas but I'm thinking we are too far north for those.
I agree the Hawk pic is not very good. I was on full zoom with the little Nikon I carry with me. I am surprised by the number of Hawks I am seeing around here lately. Maybe this is a new discovery...the Wal-Mart Hawk. I wonder if he has "made in China" stamped on him?
[quote]Went to log it in my life list book and they don't list it. Does it have another name?[/quote]
Formerly Plain Titmouse. It was split into Oak Titmouse (west of the Sierra Nevada; brownish) and Juniper Titmouse (east of the Sierra Nevada; greyish).
[quote]My first thought when I saw the bird was Eastern Phoebe, but then I checked the stats and thought this one was way too small to be a Phoebe[/quote]
Hard to judge the size! It looks to me about the right size for Eastern Phoebe, and the plumage fits well.
Resin, are you able to ID this one from this gosh awful image. I thought it was some kind of thrush??
It was at the creek, but not in it. Bird was American Robin sized, dark brownish grey, long straight dark beak, yellow legs. Breast and chin much lighter in color, though this image doesn't show that.
When I saw this bird, I thought it was a female red-winged blackbird. After I got home, I noticed the yellow on the face and belly. I looked at pics of a female yellow-faced blackbird; but the were more brown and didn't have the streaked chest. Now I don't have a clue what this one is. Please help ID it for me!
Hi Mrs. Ed. I have some pictures JUST like your two!! Even down to the tree it was seen in! I saw mine in the late summer following a sudden wierd intense fast storm. The air after it passed was filled with an odd assortment of birds that don't usually hang out together and they were flying around and vocalizing like crazy. After watching for a few seconds I realized that they were catching bugs that were flying around in big swarms. I posted the photos here and the consensus was that it was a female painted bunting! I don't know if that would be possible with your sighting if you saw it in Illinois though.
[quote]okay, try your hand at THIS terrible picture[/quote]
Tough one. I think I'll go for Tennessee Warbler, but that's far from certain.
[quote]When I saw this bird, I thought it was a female red-winged blackbird. After I got home, I noticed the yellow on the face and belly[/quote]
Ditto to Old Ned.
[quote]and I'll post one of the photos here just so you can see how similar ours are![/quote]
Female Scarlet Tanager
Thanks Resin and Lilyfan. I guess I'll probably never know. I can't remember if I got out the video camera or not. I'll have to check. I know one thing, I've never seen a bird (other than hummber) move as fast as these did!
I saw a new one a little while ago, and I actually had my camera in my hand! It was so cute. . . tiny and I first saw it on the ground, then it flitted to the tree, then actually came over to the tree I was standing under to check ME out. At first I thought it must be one of the nuthatches because it was so brave, but it wasn't. It perched on top of the branches rather than clinging to them, and when it got closer I could see it wasn't a nuthatch. It was very quick! I'm excited I was able to get a picture of it as good as this.
Here's another pic, not nearly as good, but shows its breast. This little guy (or girl) was so quick, it was hard to get it in the viewfinder long enough to snap a pic. For this picture, I think I just pointed the camera where I thought it was and snapped, hoping it would be in the frame.
If someone were to make me guess, I'd say some sort of vireo because it was so tiny and quick, but I don't know.
I felt like it was more brown than it looks in the first picture. More like the second picture. Not sure if the camera is lying or maybe in trying to optimize the pic in my photo program I got it grayer than it should be. It does look grey in the first pic, but as I was looking at it, trying to get a pic, I was thinking of it as more of a brownish bird. It does look a lot like the blue grey gnatcatcher, but they are only supposed to be here in central Texas during the summer according to the Cornell website. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Blue-gray_Gnatcatcher_dtl.html
Most of the warblers I looked at are about 4" long. If it was 4", it was just barely 4".
You may have it with the kinglet, Pell. It looked a lot like the ruby crowned, although I didn't see any red on it. The webpage says they don't show their crown much. It's possible it was olive colored.
Ditto Resin...RCKI...whoops, I mean Ruby-crowned Kinglet
That 4-letter code is handy for large lists in the USA but can surely be confusing for those who don't use it often. Hasn't and probably won't catch on outside of North America. (How would you use it for an Emu?)
Facial markings are one way to tell the difference ( Falcons have mustachio and Hawks don't) can't see the face in this pic but the wings appear to be much blunter than a falcons. In my humble opinion I do think it is a hawk.
A sparrow? But if it is a sparrow, what kind? To this newbie, they all look alike. I have been looking through my sparrow references and am not sure which one it is. Okay, I know I'm showing my stupidity, but I have to learn from someone.
I am by no means trying to dispute Resin, but since you were just guessing on the Mockingbird, could it also be a Northern Shrike?
I have Shrikes on the brain because as I was "studying" my Texas Birds book last night, I finally figured out what a bird is that I've been admiring out at our hunting lease in Albany, TX (near Abilene) for the past 10 years. It's a Loggerhead Shrike! I always see them out there in the pasture at the top of mesquite trees and just think they are so striking! At least I'm pretty sure that's what they are. Last time I was out there was over a year ago and I wasn't "into" birding yet then but I've been noticing them forever. I just never remembered to research what they are when I got back to civilization.
Anyway, Shan's bird reminded me of them because that's how I always see them, at the top of a bare tree, and all fluffed up.
Sorry, definitely not a shrike, the bill is too small and slender for that, shrikes have a stout, heavy bill, and a larger head too. The black eye mask would also be visible, even with the dull photo one can still see it is just grey there.