Hi Everyone, We came from here.
Heres a fellow that came barreling into the yard today but came up empty on getting any of the feeder birds. :-)
CLOSED: Identify This Bird Please Vol. 2
Hi Everyone, We came from here.
Thanks debnes; he made it very easy by posing in different locations around the yard. :-)
OMG!! What a great photo!! He sure is a regal looking fellow.
A great photo of the Coopers Hawk, Pelle. You did a good job !!! Lighting looks perfect.
Wow - nice shot to bookmark for future ID!
Edited to add: Have you all tried the new "tag" option Dave added? When I bookmarked the photo, I tagged it and found a lot of other photos tagged, too. Very cool. I knew he was working on it, but didn't expect it so soon.
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Yeah, I bookmarked it with other DG - Bird IDs in my favorites folder (Foxfire). (Great minds think alike, eh?) The photos are so much better than the guides. I haven't checked on the "tag" option. Will have to see what you're referring too.
Here's the thread. It's going to replace the Favorites. Much better, as you won't have to search through a long list.
Who was it that called them 'butter-butts' - I loved that!
Welll....you could do a (: Search forums :) thing for "butter butt"
Merritt Island, FL
December 31, 2007
Yep...Butter Butt for sure
Old Ned, You can right click on the post # and select "copy Link location"
Then you can paste it in like this: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4345150
Still chuckling...butter butt. :-) Not an accepted ornithological term, of course, but very descriptive!
Glad I provided a learning moment!
Cool...Thanks Deb-hope I remember that next time but you know the old saying: "You can't teach an OldNed new tricks"...(is that the way it goes?)
Pelletory, I couldn't help noticing that he ate recently by the looks of the feathers on his feet.
LOL,Yes I noticed that too Carol!
I'm sure they don't go very long at all before catching something. :-)
Sister, Ava is having trouble with a shrike hunting her 36 foot bird feeder/porch! We're asking for xmas trees to place around for shelter.
Yep, Red-tailed Hawk, quite a pale individual (they are very variable in this).
They certainly are large birds, that don't appreciate it when you use flash to take a picture!!
Pelle, great pix, looks like that new camera is working out well!
Okay, here's one of the new birds I saw at Brushy Creek Lake Park the other day. My best guess is a Swainson's Thrush. I saw it high in the trees in the late afternoon, hawking tiny flying insects. It would fly off the branch where it sat and not exactly hover, but perform impressive acrobatics in the air to catch the bugs.
The reason I suspect Swainson's Thrush is partly because of what my book said:
"Most thrushes feed on the ground, but the Swainson's Thrush is also adept at gleaning the airy heights of trees for food, sometimes breifly hover-gleaning like warbler of vireo. Search for this thrush in large, mixed species flocks that gather where berries are numerous (there were lots of Yaupon hollies in this area) but be aware that this wary thrush does not allow many viewing opportunities and often gives a sharp warning call from some distance." (now that last part doesn't match with my experience because I was watching from an open place and there were many other people around, jogging, etc.. The birds were well aware of our presence and didn't seem to mind.)
Anyway, here's pic #1
edited to add info
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He hunted insects from this branch for a long time. It must have been gnats, because they were too small for me to see, but he kept jumping off and catching them, then landing back in the same place.
I'm not at all sure about it being a thrush. That was just from flipping through the book and looking for pictures with mottled breast and light eye ring.
They're both Yellow-rumped Warblers; first & third pic, and right-hand bird in the second pic, is an adult (probably female), the left-hand bird in the second pic is an immature with less streaked underparts.
The yellow patch on the flanks (mentioned by all the books) is very variable in how conspicuous it is, sometimes it shows well, other times, it hardly shows at all, depending I suspect on what the bird is doing, how it is holding its wings, and whether it has its feathers fluffed up or sleeked down.