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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2008
9:45 PM

Post #4388743

Hi Everyone, We came from here.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/800598/

Heres a fellow that came barreling into the yard today but came up empty on getting any of the feeder birds. :-)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 11, 2008
9:50 PM

Post #4388775

Cooper's Hawk

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2008
9:53 PM

Post #4388787

Yes,Thank you Resin! :-)
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 11, 2008
11:12 PM

Post #4389066

Nice hawk pic Pelle!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2008
11:40 PM

Post #4389162

Thanks debnes; he made it very easy by posing in different locations around the yard. :-)
lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #4389193

OMG!! What a great photo!! He sure is a regal looking fellow.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2008
12:23 AM

Post #4389286

WOW! He WAS posing for you wasn't he!
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2008
1:19 AM

Post #4389521

A great photo of the Coopers Hawk, Pelle. You did a good job !!! Lighting looks perfect.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 12, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #4389838

Thanks Everyone!
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2008
2:16 AM

Post #4389842

Nice shot Pelle!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 12, 2008
3:09 AM

Post #4390082

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

January 12, 2008
4:16 AM

Post #4390311

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.

This message was edited Jan 11, 2008 8:20 PM
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 12, 2008
5:12 AM

Post #4390494

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

January 12, 2008
6:26 AM

Post #4390635

Here's the thread. It's going to replace the Favorites. Much better, as you won't have to search through a long list.
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2008
12:37 PM

Post #4390819

This came in with some pine warblers. Is it a yellow-rumped warbler?

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2008
12:41 PM

Post #4390823

A little different angle

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2008
1:06 PM

Post #4390846

Yep Frank! Yellow-rumped Wabler!!
Cute!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 12, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #4391119

I agree; I just had one here a few weeks ago.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 12, 2008
6:17 PM

Post #4391812

Who was it that called them 'butter-butts' - I loved that!

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 12, 2008
9:09 PM

Post #4392353

Welll...you could do a (: Search forums :) thing for "butter butt"

or...



OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 31, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #4345150

Edit

Yep...Butter Butt for sure
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2008
9:27 PM

Post #4392460

lol Ned :-) I'll go with that!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #4392882

Good, I can add that to my list.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 12, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #4392910

Congratulations on the lifer Frank!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #4392984

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

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 13, 2008
12:32 AM

Post #4393213

Thanks debnes; I didn't know that either.
GeorgiaJo
Dallas, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2008
12:38 AM

Post #4393244

those photos are exceptional. Thanks for sharing!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 13, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #4393289

Still chuckling...butter butt. :-) Not an accepted ornithological term, of course, but very descriptive!
Glad I provided a learning moment!

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 13, 2008
3:23 AM

Post #4394054

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?)
ceeadsalaskazone3
Seward, AK

January 13, 2008
10:18 AM

Post #4394901

Pelletory, I couldn't help noticing that he ate recently by the looks of the feathers on his feet.
Carol
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 13, 2008
10:23 AM

Post #4394904

LOL,Yes I noticed that too Carol!

I'm sure they don't go very long at all before catching something. :-)


Pelle

ceeadsalaskazone3
Seward, AK

January 13, 2008
10:39 AM

Post #4394909

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.
Carol
indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 13, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #4395734

Ok, here's one. Sorry it is so far away! I've tried cropping the picture, but that just makes everything distorted. I want to guess that he's a red tailed hawk.
Thanks much!

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indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 13, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4395738

here's one more...

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4395814

Yep, Red-tailed Hawk, quite a pale individual (they are very variable in this).

Resin
indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 13, 2008
5:02 PM

Post #4395892

Thanks Resin!
They certainly are large birds, that don't appreciate it when you use flash to take a picture!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #4396041

Pelle, great pix, looks like that new camera is working out well!

PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2008
2:05 AM

Post #4398340

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

This message was edited Jan 13, 2008 8:11 PM

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2008
2:06 AM

Post #4398352

I'm not sure if this is a pair, or two different types of birds. The one on the right is the same bird in the previous pic, I think.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2008
2:10 AM

Post #4398364

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.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2008
12:40 PM

Post #4399736

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.

Resin
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 15, 2008
2:27 AM

Post #4403329

007,
The photo you mistakenly posted on Vol. 1 is of a female Common Redpoll. Note the red spot on the head.

Gary
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
3:35 AM

Post #4403769

Yay! I get to add "Butter Butts" to my list of birds I've photo'd! ''

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

January 15, 2008
4:30 AM

Post #4403972

Yeah, just like me to get mixed up with threads. Good thing you guys are there, to get me back on track. :))
Thanks for ID Gary . When I posted the picture, I thought at first, it was a Redpoll, because that's about all I get here. I got confuse when someone said warbler, and I was hoping for something different.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #4405361

A while back I posted a picture of a similar looking bird and it was identified as a Female House Finch, it had golden markings.

Is this a Male House Finch?

Thanks,

GG

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
4:36 PM

Post #4405467

Look carefully at the beaks in these 2 posts:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4398364 Warbler beak
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4405361 Finch beak

Many times the feathers are very similar, especially in juvenile birds. The beaks never lie!

:-)
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2008
4:46 PM

Post #4405530

THANKS!! Looks like a Finch beak to me. I believe I got one right for a change! Gosh, but there is a lot to learn. However, I now will look at their beaks rather than just their coloration! Whoopie, learned something new again today.

GG
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2008
4:55 PM

Post #4405584

yep, a male house finch.

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2008
5:02 PM

Post #4405625

female house finch

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #4405652

Thanks Debnes. That little pearl helps a lot!

Okay, I have another cute little bird I saw that same day, but in a different area of the park. This was in denser brush, but still high in the tree. I'm thinking maybe another warbler (now I see why Pelle has so much trouble with them! There are so many!) but this one doesn't have the streaky colors on the breast like the last one did. Calling it a Mockingbird crossed my mind, but that doesn't seem quite right because it looks plumper and less gray. In the first pic, it even looks a little dove-like but I'm pretty sure that's not the case.

Anyway, here it is:

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
5:10 PM

Post #4405664

I waited til the first little guy (the Butter Butt. . . I mean Yellow Rumped Warbler) was ID'd before posting this second guy so we don't have confusion in discussing them.

Here is the second pic of the second mystery bird from that day:

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
5:11 PM

Post #4405670

And here's the third pic of mystery bird #2.

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OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 15, 2008
5:18 PM

Post #4405699

(Northern) Mockingbird...only Mockingbird species in the US but there are a couple of others...that's why Northern
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
5:19 PM

Post #4405700

I just noticed that in the second two pics, you can see a streak going across his eye, but in the first one, it doesn't look like he has one. It must have been the lighting because I'm 99% sure I was only photographing one bird, but I have to leave that 1% room for error since my kids were talking to me, wanting to move on but I wasn't done with this guy (or gal).

As long as I'm posting again, I'll attach one more pic of the same bird. This isn't as good of a shot, not really in focus. But maybe it will contain a hint that will clinch it since its taken more directly below the bird.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
5:23 PM

Post #4405720

Really? Well bummer. I usually know Mockingbirds when I see them. I guess it threw me because I usually notice them when they're flying and the white on the flight feathers gives them away. I was hoping it was a new bird for me, but Mockingbirds are a dime a dozen around here.

I guess I shouldn't "dis" the Mockers. They are, after all our state bird.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #4405775

It's a Mockingbird living up to its name and mocking you ;-)

Resin

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 15, 2008
7:24 PM

Post #4406152

Also the state bird of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida.

Texas has Green Jays, Kiskadee Flycatchers, Chachalacas and a bunch of other "almost only found in Texas" birds...oh, and the Jackalope (although that may not be a bird).

Florida has lots of Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Limpkins and the Florida Scrub Jay.

Tennessee's got the Nashville and the Tennessee Warblers.

Seems like being a dime-a-dozen (and being a really good singer) counts more than just being cool.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2008
9:24 PM

Post #4406486

Wanting to check and see if this is a Hairy Woodpecker.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2008
10:18 PM

Post #4406669

Think that one's best left as a "Dairy" Woodpecker - the diagnostic outer tail feathers aren't visible, and the size and bill proportions are too hard to judge.

Resin
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 15, 2008
11:13 PM

Post #4406941

The only pic I could get of this ?

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 15, 2008
11:14 PM

Post #4406947

White-breasted Nut Hatch ?

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 15, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #4407086

Yes, White-breasted Nuthatch.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2008
12:09 AM

Post #4407154

[quote]The only pic I could get of this ?[/quote]
California Towhee. Note the long tail, and orange-brown vent under the tail (just visible).

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2008
12:09 AM

Post #4407157

hmmmm... how about on this one as far as beak proportions go?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #4407182

Tough call on the bill, but on this pic you can see the pure white outer tail feather (no black spots), so definite Hairy. Proves a series of photos is always best!

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2008
12:17 AM

Post #4407190

Thanks, Resin!!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 16, 2008
12:20 AM

Post #4407204

Thanks Resin and Pelle...the California Towhee is a new bird for me.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2008
12:29 AM

Post #4407237

Oh sure ANOTHER new bird for adel!!

Congrats adel!

Good job nanny!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

January 16, 2008
2:41 AM

Post #4407824

?????

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2008
2:56 AM

Post #4407923

male House Sparrow
mrw31
Metairie, LA

January 16, 2008
2:57 AM

Post #4407927

Are the birds in this picture grackles? A big flock suddenly came to the bird feeders on Sunday, throwing out any other birds. It almost look like a Hitchcock scene back there for awhile. Are these birds migratory? A friend of mine said they were but he wasn't sure.

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mrw31
Metairie, LA

January 16, 2008
2:59 AM

Post #4407937

Here's a closer view of them

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2008
3:02 AM

Post #4407950

Hi mrw,Looks like you might have Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Can't tell much more from the first pic.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2008
5:48 PM

Post #4410424

Looks like mostly (?all) Brown-headed Cowbirds to me

Resin
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2008
10:26 PM

Post #4416719

[quote]Are these birds migratory?[/quote]

Not so much...
Both all year in south...
:-)

This message was edited Jan 17, 2008 5:42 PM
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2008
10:26 PM

Post #4416720

Thought I'd bump this up since I see alot of people using other threads to ask for an ID.

It will be easier for Resin and others to see them if there posted here.:-)
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2008
10:35 PM

Post #4416774

Yep Pelle, makes it much easier. Resin does get around well, I have to say.

:-)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2008
10:38 PM

Post #4416786

Yes he does a great job! :-)

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2008
10:43 PM

Post #4416801

I think alot of people don't realize Resin is a "he". But we do keep him busy for sure!
GeorgiaJo
Dallas, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #4416909

Cowbirds are "nest parasites" -- they don't nest. All they do is lay their eggs in another bird's nest and let the foster parents do all the work (often at the expense of their own young). Sad in a way, but an incredible adaptation.
jo

http://www.audubon.org/bird/research/
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #4417108

Right Jo! :-) CB are definitely parrasite birds!
Should have kept it at "Not so much...", with no elaboration at all. Didn't mean to suggest that CBs nest at all! Yikes! Thx for catching that, LOL!

I was thinking about the Grackles and Cowbirds staying in Texas all year, and not migrating. I don't see a lot of CB fledging or babies around here, usually all Grackles doing the nests.

Glad to say I haven't found any mom Grackles feeding baby CBs, nor any broken eggs on the ground under the nests. They do show up a few at a time at my feeders in spring, and it's usually adult CBs only.

debnes
GeorgiaJo
Dallas, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #4417206

debnes - now that you mention it, I'm not sure I've ever noticed a young cowbird at our feeders. But perhaps we just didn't know they weren't adults passing by. Do the young look different? (I'll have to go check Peterson's and find out!) Maybe they're really not doing quite as "well" as I had feared - especially regarding our dwindling Wood Thrush population.

But the decrease in thrushes is probably more the result of the rampant development we've had over the past decade or so.. not really the CB's fault. That Audobon society page I posted above was interesting; I had just googled "cowbird" and I hadn't really read that article before. Good to read that the host populations are usually not seriously affected. At least not until the deeper woods disapper and the thrushes are forced to the edges. I so dearly love our Wood Thrushes and their song but do have to admit to liking that watery cowbird sound as well. Nature is glorious - (except for when humans and money are involved):)
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
12:17 AM

Post #4417269

Very well put Jo! :-) Thx!

Sorry to hear about the Wood Thrushes there in your area of GA. Yes development does play a huge part in the decline. Particularly in the more sensitive/smaller species of winged wildlife. The maker did think of this, and gave them wings to move elsewhere. Surely you will be an asset to what is left there, and I hope they come back after the dust settles.

:-D.
Now back to our regularly scheduled "identify this bird please" thread, lol.
metopa
Port Matilda, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2008
12:18 AM

Post #4417282

If those are grackles, they are migratory. We watch huge flocks of them head your way from PA every fall.
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
1:31 AM

Post #4417679

After viewing another thread I am getting more confused about the lttle yellowish birds. If this is a pine warbler;

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
1:33 AM

Post #4417692

Then what is this?

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4417708

and this?

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
1:38 AM

Post #4417724

This?

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
1:42 AM

Post #4417744

And then this?

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
2:30 AM

Post #4418011

Frank http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4417724

Is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet! Yaay! I love those tiny little guys!! Keep watching for the flash of Red on the crown!

Others I'll have to look up to be sure. :-)

This message was edited Jan 17, 2008 8:37 PM
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
2:36 AM

Post #4418044

Yep Frank, I'm thinking Pine Warbler too on all the others.. Bright yellow ones are males..

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2008
10:45 AM

Post #4419279

Ditto to Debnes on the Pine Warblers - the first is an adult male, the last probably an adult female, and the others first-winter birds, which are drabber without much yellow tone.

Resin
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
1:30 PM

Post #4419531

I do love all the Warblers!! Kinglets are known to travel along with them in winter. I have always seen Kinglet hanging around with Orange-crowned and butter-butts, just to name a couple...

Frank, in regard tto your 4th pic, have a look at this site:
http://www.oiseaux.net/birds/ruby-crowned.kinglet.html

The look on your little guy's face is a dead give-away..

debnes

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2008
1:44 PM

Post #4419587

Have to admit I'm not convinced on the #4 pic as a Kinglet, the white wingbars are too broad, and the wing feathers do not have the green-gold fringe that Kinglets do. Also the bill is too stout for a Kinglet. I'm fairly certain it's another warbler, probably another Pine Warbler despite the bland face compared with the other pics (##2,3,5).

Resin
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
2:00 PM

Post #4419638

Thanks Resin... Yep the beak is bigger, (dad-gummit). The eye is beadier too, now that I take a really good look.

Sorry Frank :-.

But hey! Keep your eyes peeled for the Kinglet anyway, they do hang around with warblers.

Guess I'm hoping too hard for other people in here to have Kinglets. They do winter in MS. According to the map, more birders should be seeing them.



Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2008
2:18 PM

Post #4419717

Main things about kinglets is (1) they're unobtrusive, and (2) they rarely visit feeders. Look for them searching for small insects (aphids, etc) high up in conifers, and listen for soft, high-pitched calls.

Resin
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
5:11 PM

Post #4420551

Good info Resin!

Y'all be sure to look in the DG articles tomorrow, ( I think it's going to be the third one down on the list). ~With 3 a day now, I got an earlier spot that I originally thought.

It's on RCKL.

:-)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2008
6:30 PM

Post #4420990

Remember to put the link in here!

Resin
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2008
6:35 PM

Post #4421014

Sure will Resin! :-)
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 19, 2008
3:57 AM

Post #4423266

Boy, I went back and forth on those pictures, and I think I finally see the difference. A good lesson, here.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2008
7:16 AM

Post #4423656

It certainly is ceejaytown!

Resin~
Here is the url for the article today on RCKL :-)
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/609/

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 19, 2008
11:48 AM

Post #4423816

LOL, I'm hoping to do the same today after my eyes clear. :-)

Very nice article debnes!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2008
12:04 PM

Post #4423829

Excellent article. I enjoyed it very much.
sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2008
12:42 PM

Post #4423884

Great article!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 19, 2008
1:30 PM

Post #4423971

Thanks! Good read!

Resin
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2008
2:25 PM

Post #4424124

Thanks all! Means a lot!

I hope more people will be spotting them. Definitely worth tracking.

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

January 19, 2008
8:33 PM

Post #4425703

I'm not sure if the Redpoll in the back, on the branch would be an arctic one. He was bigger then the other ones and paler also. He has a few marking on the side, but not as pronounce. What do you think?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 19, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #4425882

Looks a very good candidate! Check to see if the undertail coverts are white (looks it in this pic) with no or only a very narrow dark streak, and if it has a large white rump.

Resin
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2008
11:13 PM

Post #4426330

Have any other forum members written any articles about specific birds?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 19, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #4426360

I know theres been at least 3 written about Hummingbirds.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 19, 2008
11:26 PM

Post #4426405

Yay! Another redpoll. Where are the rest? Why only one at a time?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 19, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #4426464

Very interesting Resin. I'll keep watch.
indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #4428252

Ok, I admit it! I'm lost when it comes to sparrows, because there are so many different kinds! I can now identify house sparrows and white-throated sparrows, but that's about it. :(

So, who would this guy be? A song sparrow maybe? Here's a shot from the front.

Thanks much for your help!

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indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2008
2:27 PM

Post #4428257

and here's a side shot

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GeorgiaJo
Dallas, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2008
2:38 PM

Post #4428294

Song sparrow would be my guess as well. Have you noticed it pumping its tail when it flies?
indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2008
2:52 PM

Post #4428338

GeorgiaJo, I didn't even think to pay attention to how it flies. :( Next time I see it, I'll be sure to watch.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #4428517

Indiana Lily..That looks like a little bird that I thought was a Song Sparrow. The reason I noticed it was because it was flicking it's tail. At first I thought it was a White Throated Sparrow but it just looked and acted so differently. I hope I can get a positive ID...it was a sweet little bird.

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Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #4428628

ID please? Cannot tell if this is sparrow or cowbird but they are taking over everything here.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4428652

Looks like House Finch to me. But don't hold me to that!! :-)
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2008
4:26 PM

Post #4428684

Yes, finch to the right, but different on the left ?
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2008
4:29 PM

Post #4428693

They all look like HF to me :-) Look at the wing bars, all the same...
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
4:32 PM

Post #4428705

To me it looks like male house finches to the right, female house finches to the left. Maybe your feeder tray has a "mens" and a "ladies" side? :-)

They gather on my feeder also and the females don't have the color that the males have.
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2008
4:36 PM

Post #4428724

You guys are so patient - thanks! I put the wrong photo in...it's the "other" bird, and they come in flocks of about 25 at a time.

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2008
4:39 PM

Post #4428735

Me thinks it's a female Red-winged Blackbird..
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
4:42 PM

Post #4428755

Oh! Now I see which bird, and definitely not a house finch! It's also definitely not a cowbird - we have those here and they are dark brown heads with black bodies. Looks larger than an average sparrow. We don't see those mixing with the finches here, but I will be interested to see what it is when somebody identifies it.
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2008
4:42 PM

Post #4428762

Wow Deb! You are right on! I never even thought to check my Peterson's for that !
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #4428771

I think that Debnes has it! Matches some pictures on the web. I only get RWBBs in the summer, and then only the male, but maybe I haven't noticed the females because of their different coloring. Now I will watch for them!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #4428774

That white eyebrow is very distinct!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2008
6:35 PM

Post #4429212

[quote]So, who would this guy be? A song sparrow maybe?[/quote]
Yep, Song Sparrow
[quote]a little bird that I thought was a Song Sparrow. The reason I noticed it was because it was flicking it's tail. At first I thought it was a White Throated Sparrow but it just looked and acted so differently. I hope I can get a positive ID...it was a sweet little bird[/quote]
Not so easy with the pic a bit blurred and burnt out; this one could also be Song Sparrow, but it might be Lincoln's Sparrow. Can't be certain which.

Resin
indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2008
6:48 PM

Post #4429260

Awesome! Thank you, Resin!!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
7:46 PM

Post #4429441

Thanks Resin...it was so far away but here's another not so good pic! Thanks again!

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indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2008
7:49 PM

Post #4429452

Dellrose, that looks like the same bird as mine. :)
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
7:58 PM

Post #4429488

I think so too Indiana! I've only seen it twice and it is a new bird for me. I saw it at the brush pile where I throw out cracked corn hoping to attract some Bobwhite Quail...no quail yet but it is a wonderful spot to watch for new birds.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #4429768

Yep, Song Sparrow.

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #4429862

Thanks Resin..I really appreciate you being so helpful! Yippee...another new bird for me!

Rose
Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 20, 2008
9:48 PM

Post #4429922

Who am I? I hang around with a couple of Juncos. Am I a Juvie Junco?

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Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 20, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #4429930

Another angle taken by a better photographer (BF)

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Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 20, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #4429940

Another ...

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Shan71
Danvers, MA

January 20, 2008
9:52 PM

Post #4429944

And this one is just too cute, I had to post it.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #4430046

CMoxin, great timing on posting pic of the female RWBB for ID.

We had one yesterday at the feeder & didn't recognize what it was. I missed getting a pic both times it was out there. Thanks! :-)
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2008
10:18 PM

Post #4430067

Can't wait to hear what the ID is for Shan71 - I am stumped!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2008
10:20 PM

Post #4430075

Could it be a song sparrow?
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2008
11:01 PM

Post #4430243

I agree with Frank, Song Sparrow
indiana_lily
Jeffersonville, IN
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #4430249

It kinda looks like my bird and Dellrose's bird, so maybe it is a Song Sparrow?

Here's one I've been pondering since August. Any clue who these guys are?

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2008
11:14 PM

Post #4430323

Hi Felicia~
I believe they are a male and female Brown-headed Cowbird.. The lighter one looks like a juvie, but both CB.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2008
12:04 AM

Post #4430493

[quote]Who am I? I hang around with a couple of Juncos[/quote]
Ditto on Song Sparrow . . . this thread seems to be experiencing an invasion of them!
[quote]Here's one I've been pondering since August[/quote]
Yep, Brown-headed Cowbird for me too

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2008
10:56 AM

Post #4431949

New thread starting in a mo . . . I'll put the link in once it's started

Please head here to post new unidentified birds:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/805992/


This message was edited Jan 21, 2008 11:01 AM

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 21, 2008
12:15 PM

Post #4432010

Eurasian Siskin...Carduelis spinus?

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