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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 30, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #4338994

Heres the start of a thread where anyone can post photos of a bird they've seen but are not sure which type it is.

LOL, Yes I know mines a White-breasted Nuthatch. (male)


Please remember this thread is only for identity purposes not regular postings.

Thank You :-)

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 30, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #4339213

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!

Thanks,
Rose

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 30, 2007
1:23 AM

Post #4339234

Thanks for starting this thread. I think it's a great idea. I have a few unidentified bird images in my files.

I'll start off my unidentified photos with this one. I have no idea ... It was taken on October 15, in Maryland.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 30, 2007
2:15 AM

Post #4339371

Linth, Lets see what Resin says but it looks like a Pine Warbler to me.



Sorry Dellrose I can't see that well enough to make a guess but maybe Resin will.
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
2:51 PM

Post #4340480

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?

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germinater

(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2007
3:06 PM

Post #4340511

linthicum, maybe a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sparrow.

Did you hear it make any noise?
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
3:13 PM

Post #4340520

Here's another. This is the first bird I saw on the feeder I put out for Goldfinches. Can you tell from this pick if that's what this is?

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germinater

(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2007
3:14 PM

Post #4340522

PeeperKeeper, did you hear anything like "yank"?

Lets go with White - breasted Nuthatch. :)
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #4340532

peeperkeeper, those are the Red-breasted Nuthatches. Notice the female on the right has duller breast color.
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
3:19 PM

Post #4340539

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.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
3:22 PM

Post #4340546

Thanks tigerlily! I suspected it was a pair and that the female was the one on the right, but she didn't seem that much duller than the male so I wasn't sure.

I cropped the suspected GF pic some more. See if this is better.

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akdoug
Wasilla, AK

December 30, 2007
3:23 PM

Post #4340549

Dellrose it looks like a Kesteral from here.
D
akdoug
Wasilla, AK

December 30, 2007
3:26 PM

Post #4340558

linthicum it doesent strike me as a Pine. Maybe a female yellowrump
D
akdoug
Wasilla, AK

December 30, 2007
3:29 PM

Post #4340563

PeeperKeeper I would go with GF
D
germinater

(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2007
3:32 PM

Post #4340566

PeeperKeeper, Did you take those pictures in Texas?
If so, lets go with WHITE - Breasted Nuthatch.

I could possibly go with Pigmy Nuthatch.
Maybe even Velvet - Fronted Nuthatch if you were in Southeast Asia,
but that isn't a Red - Breasted Nuthatch.

Oh - and the sexes are similar. If you can put it in my hand I can let you know. :)
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
4:04 PM

Post #4340642

Yes, the pics were taken right in the middle of Texas. . . Georgetown, just North of Austin to be exact. Are Red-breasted nuthatches not found here?

Yay! Doug, I'm glad to hear that feeder is attracting just what I hoped it would! I think I need a bigger one though.

OOOh! I see a cardinal out the window right now! Gotta go!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 30, 2007
4:10 PM

Post #4340660

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!!

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2007
4:23 PM

Post #4340692

I think I'm going to have to agree with you, dellrose. I just googled red breasted nuthatch and it looks the same as the picture and it does say their winter range includes central TX.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Red-breasted_Nuthatch_dtl.html#range

I missed getting a pic of the card. Oh well.
germinater

(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2007
4:40 PM

Post #4340731

Yes, dellrose is right. :)

Sorry! Juvenile RED - Breasted Nuthatch. :)

I should have been in bed over twelve hours ago.

Goodnight all :)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 30, 2007
7:53 PM

Post #4341357

Peeper- Red- breasted Nuthatch.

LOL, I thought the same thing (American Kestrel) Doug.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2007
8:45 PM

Post #4341505

Quoting: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!

American Kestrel
Quoting:I'll start off my unidentified photos with this one. I have no idea ...

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.
Quoting:Here's my first. I know they are some type of nuthatch, but I don't know what kind

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.
Quoting:I cropped the suspected GF pic some more

Yep, American Goldfinch

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 30, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #4341540

LOL, I knew I would get the Warbler wrong thats the end for me and Warblers. :-)
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #4341983

Thanks Resin for the ID! I love this thread!
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #4342093

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.

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 31, 2007
1:32 AM

Post #4342276

This Hawk was near a local Wal-Mart early this morning. Took me a while to get a shot, since it kept flying to a different lightpost when I got my camera ready for a shot.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 31, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #4342280

Here are two pics of a new one for me.

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gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 31, 2007
1:34 AM

Post #4342281

Second shot.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 31, 2007
5:26 AM

Post #4342946

Resin, Rump up, any arctic?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 31, 2007
5:27 AM

Post #4342951

and in these?

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2007
12:27 PM

Post #4343260

Here's one of many -- Disney Wilderness Preserve, south of Kissimmee FL, in early December -- with the zoom maxxed out.

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germinater

(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2007
1:01 PM

Post #4343303

I should know better than this.

Wait. I want to make sure Ms. dellrose isn't sneaking up behind me.
WHUEEE!!! :)))

I'm saying MAYBE a Shrike. ???Loggerhead or Northern???

I'll save this picture and see if I can get a better look at it.
Probably not.

see ya

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 31, 2007
2:00 PM

Post #4343417

Loggerhead...closest Northern Shrike gets to Kissimmee is around Pennsylvania.

Guy in a restaurant in Kissimmee says to an employee "Just how do you say the name of this place?"

Employee said... "B-u-r-g-e-r K-i-n-g"

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2007
2:33 PM

Post #4343521

Quoting:This Hawk was near a local Wal-Mart early this morning

I'd go for juv. Sharp-shin, tho' it's a bit too distant to be 100% sure
Quoting:Here are two pics of a new one for me

Again uncertain with the distance, but I'd say probably Eastern Phoebe.
Quoting:Rump up, any arctic?

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
Quoting:Disney Wilderness Preserve, south of Kissimmee FL

Agree, Loggerhead Shrike

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 31, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #4345018

I'm assuming this is a Yellow-rumped Warbler but need to know for sure.

I was so happy to see him since I haven't seen one in my yard since last Fall.

Please excuse the pics it was very late in the day w/ no sun. 2 Pics

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 31, 2007
9:55 PM

Post #4345024

Heres the yellow rump.

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OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 31, 2007
10:29 PM

Post #4345150

Yep...Butter Butt for sure
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 31, 2007
10:30 PM

Post #4345152

Thought so; Thanks Ned!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2007
11:15 PM

Post #4345351

Yep, ditto to OldNed

Resin
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

December 31, 2007
11:33 PM

Post #4345409

Not very good pics but best I could get.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

December 31, 2007
11:34 PM

Post #4345415

+

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

December 31, 2007
11:34 PM

Post #4345418

++

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 1, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #4345572

Could this be an Oak Titmouse?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 1, 2008
12:27 AM

Post #4345579

Thats what I was thinking but his breast seems lighter so I'm not sure.

We'll find out sooner or later. :-)
germinater

(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2008
12:37 AM

Post #4345613

ViburnumValley, I just got around to looking at the picture of that
probable Shrike. Is that an Olive tree that it is in?

Thanks

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #4345658

Yep, Oak Titmouse

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 1, 2008
12:55 AM

Post #4345666

Very good! New one for you adel!! Congrats!!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 1, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #4345675

Thanks Resin...Pelle.yep...new one for the list.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 1, 2008
1:06 AM

Post #4345711

Went to log it in my life list book and they don't list it. Does it have another name?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 1, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4345723

Hi adel, They used to be lumped in w/ Juniper Titmouse.

That might be why.

Pelle
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2008
1:47 AM

Post #4345823

http://audubon2.org/watchlist/viewSpecies.jsp?id=148

adel, audubon watch is requesting we report sightings of the Oak Titmouse, as numbers have declined. Please check this link out for some good info, too

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 1, 2008
3:36 AM

Post #4346181

germinater:

I think that was an oak, probably a live oak (Quercus virginiana).

Here's another of some type of water bird, very near by where I saw the shrike. It was pretty far away, perched above the pond.

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germinater

(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2008
4:47 AM

Post #4346358

ViburnumValley, Thanks I thought the leaves were kinda large.

I'm going to guess - one of our lesser Herons on the picture directly above.
A ?Green or Black-crowned Night Heron?
Anyone see any white on that birds neck/head?
That is a back shot I believe.

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 1, 2008
12:23 PM

Post #4346862

Anhinga, Darter, Water Turkey, Snakebird (species name= Anhinga anhinga)
lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2008
2:11 PM

Post #4347119

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.

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2008
2:22 PM

Post #4347145

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.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2008
2:25 PM

Post #4347150

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?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #4348229

Quoting:Went to log it in my life list book and they don't list it. Does it have another name?

Formerly Plain Titmouse. It was split into Oak Titmouse (west of the Sierra Nevada; brownish) and Juniper Titmouse (east of the Sierra Nevada; greyish).

Quoting: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

Hard to judge the size! It looks to me about the right size for Eastern Phoebe, and the plumage fits well.

Resin

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 1, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #4348628

Thanks Resin, and by the way, the light box the Hawk is sitting on is probably about two feet wide...if that helps. I think the Hawk was too large for a Sharp-shinned.
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2008
10:33 PM

Post #4348990

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.

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tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2008
10:39 PM

Post #4349011

Another awful image, but it does show the lighter areas of the bird.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2008
10:53 PM

Post #4349055

Quoting:Resin, are you able to ID this one from this gosh awful image


American Dipper.

Saw a couple of our own Dippers today - same size and shape, but with a white breast.

Resin
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2008
11:12 PM

Post #4349104

Thanks! I really thought the dippers were less sleek looking than this bird. But perhaps if I'd seen it go into the water...

Thanks again!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2008
2:40 AM

Post #4349935

My sister wants to know about the birds in this tree. hope it's good enough for ID.
I'm very interested in the one in the lower left corner.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2008
3:12 AM

Post #4350031

I was able to lighten it up a bit for you, hope this helps.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4351541

Looks like 2 American Goldfinch (lower left, centre left) and 3 Common Redpolls (bottom centre & top right pair)

Resin
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2008
11:08 PM

Post #4352824

I appreciate your help Resin. Thank you

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2008
11:29 PM

Post #4352893

Thanks for the ID on the Anhinga, Ned.

Lilyfantn:

I am from KY, but the two bird pictures I've posted are from the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee, FL. I'm not much in the bird ID realm here, but really out of the water down there.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2008
1:17 AM

Post #4353395

I know I should know by now...Downy or Hairy and except for size how can I tell the dif? Thanks so much!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
1:22 AM

Post #4353417

Downy. Note the small bill, and the one or two black spots on the outer tail feathers (Hairy has pure white outer tail feathers).

If you can't tell, you can always call it a Dairy Woodpecker ;-)

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2008
1:32 AM

Post #4353466

LOL Resin...Dairy WP would certainly be appropriate! Thanks for the ID!

Rose
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 3, 2008
2:06 AM

Post #4353641

Haha, Good one Resin!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2008
2:37 AM

Post #4353845

okay, try your hand at THIS terrible picture. Not you though Pelle, 'cuz it's the warbler you've already passed on! lol.

This was taken in August of 2003 and was the only time I saw this bird. There were several of them in hot pursuit of bugs in my apple tree and above the pond.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2008
2:38 AM

Post #4353855

and the second picture… not much better. Well, that's what you get with a 2.1 MP camera!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 3, 2008
2:49 AM

Post #4353943

Haha, No I swore off trying to ID them; I meant it. :-)
NM_Jane
Las Cruces, NM

January 3, 2008
3:00 AM

Post #4354028

What am I?

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!

Jane

P.S. I love having this new thread.



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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 3, 2008
3:03 AM

Post #4354051

Oohh, thats an interesting one Jane!

Wish I didn't have to go to bed! :-(
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 3, 2008
3:18 AM

Post #4354135

Could they be immature Flickers?
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2008
3:18 AM

Post #4354136

Jane, could it be a female Gilded Flicker ?

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 3, 2008
4:15 AM

Post #4354475

Eastern or Western Meadowlark. You have both in New Mexico.
NM_Jane
Las Cruces, NM

January 3, 2008
4:36 AM

Post #4354631

Thanks for the help Adel, Charlie and Ned! Following up on your leads, I think my new bird is an Eastern Meadowlark in it's non-breeding plumage. It looks almost identical to the one shown here:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Eastern_Meadowlark.html
lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
1:00 PM

Post #4355351

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.

Here is my post with my photos for comparison.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/681265/

and I'll post one of the photos here just so you can see how similar ours are!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #4355855

Quoting:okay, try your hand at THIS terrible picture

Tough one. I think I'll go for Tennessee Warbler, but that's far from certain.
Quoting: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

Ditto to Old Ned.
Quoting:and I'll post one of the photos here just so you can see how similar ours are!

Female Scarlet Tanager

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2008
5:20 PM

Post #4356370

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!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 4, 2008
3:02 AM

Post #4358534

Honkers maybe?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
11:22 AM

Post #4359151

Geese, probably Canada Geese.

Resin
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
1:04 PM

Post #4359301

I'm so excited! I was going to guess Meadowlark too *before* I saw OldNed's post!

MrsEd, that little green bird is so cute. Even with just 2.1 Mp, it's a nice pic among the lovely green leaves.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 4, 2008
5:32 PM

Post #4360133

resin.thanks, thought they probably were.
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
4:19 PM

Post #4363488

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.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #4363490

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.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2008
5:04 PM

Post #4363641

With the white around its eye, I would guess a White-eyed Vireo ...

Edited to guess a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher Final guess !!!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 5, 2008
5:16 PM

Post #4363693

So great to have a new bird around Peeper! Congratulations.

Perhaps a types of Warbler. :-)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2008
10:29 PM

Post #4364715

HA!!!! WARBLER… can't resist IDing those warblers, can you, Pelle.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 5, 2008
10:37 PM

Post #4364750

I didn't ID it, just tried to get it in a family . :-) We'll see.
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
11:44 PM

Post #4364999

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".
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 5, 2008
11:47 PM

Post #4365008

How about a Kinglet then?
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #4365034

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.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Ruby-crowned_Kinglet.html

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2008
1:09 AM

Post #4365301

I'd go with Ruby-crowned Kinglet too.

Resin

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 6, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #4365645

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?)

OlNe...ahh! ...I mean OldNed
Gardnerkett
Pass Christian, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2008
4:30 AM

Post #4366147

How do you tell the difference between a hawk and a falcon?
I am assuming this picture is a hawk, am I correct?
Thanks
Cath

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 6, 2008
5:01 AM

Post #4366234

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.
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2008
10:23 AM

Post #4366633

Quoting:How do you tell the difference between a hawk and a falcon?


Falcons are distinguished from hawks by their long narrow wings, which are slightly bent back at the "wrist" in flight.

Gary
tortoisekeeper
Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2008
4:55 PM

Post #4367381

Can anyone ID this one. The picture is not very good. I don't know if it is a baby or what. It is very fuzzy.

Betty

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Gardnerkett
Pass Christian, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2008
5:11 PM

Post #4367424

Thanks Gary, that will be helpful when seeing them in flight.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2008
6:27 PM

Post #4367667

Quoting:Can anyone ID this one.

Male House Sparrow, fluffed up against the cold.

Resin
tortoisekeeper
Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2008
7:30 PM

Post #4367852

Thanks Resin
Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 7, 2008
12:32 AM

Post #4368859

Here's a stumper. He was at the top of a very tall tree against a grey sky. Sitting there for a long time. These pics are with extreme zoom.

#1

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Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 7, 2008
12:33 AM

Post #4368863

#2

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Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 7, 2008
12:35 AM

Post #4368872

#3

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
12:37 AM

Post #4368882

Difficult with the bad light, my best guess is a Northern Mockingbird.

Resin
Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 7, 2008
12:42 AM

Post #4368900

Thanks Resin.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2008
9:02 PM

Post #4372135

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.

Thanks.
GG

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
10:49 PM

Post #4372629

Female House Finch

Resin
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #4372693

Thanks. Well, that explains why I could not figure out which sparrow it was! Duh!!

GG
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 7, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #4372903

GrannyGrunt...The only stupid question is the question not asked. Asking questions is how we learn.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2008
2:32 AM

Post #4373799

Thanks adelbertcat, I'll remember that.

GG
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 8, 2008
2:52 AM

Post #4373912

Gardenpom: We have hawks in this part of Florida too that look like yours. I thought it might be a Cooper's Hawk: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=coopers hawk&btnG=Google Search

or possibly the Broad- Winged Hawk: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Broad-winged_Hawk_dtl.html
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2008
3:16 AM

Post #4374015

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.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
10:28 AM

Post #4374632

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.

Resin

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 8, 2008
5:25 PM

Post #4375679

A new one for me...I have two shots.

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gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 8, 2008
5:26 PM

Post #4375680

2nd shot.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2008
6:47 PM

Post #4375994

I thought this was a Tufted Titmouse but now I am not sure. The white circle around the eye doesn't look like my other pics. But that could just be from the angle I took the pic. What do you think??

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OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 8, 2008
7:25 PM

Post #4376130

Yep...Tufted Titmouse. Imagine this little guy looking at you straight-on without the crest (tuft) raised.

from wikipedia.commons

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
7:28 PM

Post #4376134

Quoting:A new one for me...I have two shots

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Resin

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 9, 2008
12:00 AM

Post #4377221

It was busy catching something on the Crepe Myrtle...thanks Resin.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2008
2:57 AM

Post #4377992

Thanks OldNed! I just wanted to be sure.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2008
5:05 PM

Post #4379773

Identify this bird's nest please? :

Sunny side...

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #4379781

Other side...

Could it be a Wren's nest?

It's about 8" in diameter

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gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 10, 2008
12:22 AM

Post #4381567

Not your typical backyard bird visitor.

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 10, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #4381579

Great pic, gardenpom!

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 10, 2008
12:34 AM

Post #4381611

Thanks, Kaperc...hope someone knows what it is.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 10, 2008
12:45 AM

Post #4381657

Just venturing a guess here... Little Blue Heron (non-breeding form). We will see what others say..

Such a cute pic of it standing on the wire GP!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
1:30 AM

Post #4381854

Yep, Little Blue Heron

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
1:31 AM

Post #4381863

PS forgot to say, sorry, can't help with the nests, I'm hopeless at nest idents!

Resin

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 10, 2008
1:34 AM

Post #4381870

Just waiting for your second ID for confirmation...thanks Resin.
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 10, 2008
3:25 PM

Post #4383543

Western Tananger female?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
4:14 PM

Post #4383756

American Goldfinch, pretending to be big

Resin
NM_Jane
Las Cruces, NM

January 11, 2008
8:59 PM

Post #4388511

Can you all handle another "Which Hawk" questions?

This one was just a little lager than a white-winged dove. I'm leaning toward a sharp-shinning; but this one was very dark brown (almost black).

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #4388539

After this gets answered we'll start a new thread, :-)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 11, 2008
9:33 PM

Post #4388677

Looks like a Merlin to me.

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2008
9:48 PM

Post #4388755


*** Onto a New Thread now,please follow me here***

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 15, 2008
1:01 AM

Post #4402792

Resin, could this be a different bird in my yard? Someone said it was a "butter butt" warbler?
Is it? Please say yes. Pleas...e.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 15, 2008
1:39 AM

Post #4403046

Hi burn, Did you know this was the Old ID Thread?

The new one is here.

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