[quote]Is this a Ruby-crowned Kinglet?[/quote]
[quote]Which sparrow is this?[/quote]
Yep! Two drakes and a duck.
[quote]What are the ones at the top? The bottom two on the left are Northern Shoveler and the one at bottom right is a Hooded Merganser.[/quote]
Is there a pic missing here?
[quote]I wonder what happened to the pictire[/quote]
Front, left to right: pair of Shoveler, male Hooded Merganser. Rear: 2 pairs of Green-winged Teal
[quote]A duck? or a decoy? No, it could not be a decoy; it flew away[/quote]
[quote]another shot of the last one with two other kinds on the right[/quote]
Front: pair of American Wigeon. Rear right: Gadwall
[quote]?, ??, ???[/quote]
I was worried it was a bit small! Shows how tricky size determination can be, even when there's something to compare with directly. The bill shape is spot on for cowbird though, too short and broad-based for any of the icterid blackbirds.
I believe you are right Resin. White-crowned sparrows are very common here. I think the differences between chipping sparrow, american tree sparrow & this immature white-crowned are very subtle indeed! Color of the lores and bill tips it for me though. Thank you both very much.
Double Duh for me. I don't understand the threads yet. I'll learn though. I have a bird at my feeder in 7b that I do not recognize. I haven't been able to get a picture. It's slightly larger than a finch. It has a green (olive) head and is green back to it's feathers. I believe it's chest is olive too. It has dark colored wings with two definite white wing bars on it. I tried for a picture yesterday but was unsuccessful. It likes the flat screen feeder I have - both times i have seen it it was there. Yesterday it picked up a bread crumb - I had thrown a few in among the seeds just to see what would happen. If anyone has any ideas from this very slight description, I would appreciate it. I called Wild Bird and they said it sounded like a Ruby Crowned Kinglet but it does not look like the picture in my bird book. Thanks.
[quote]Okay, another House Sparrow??[/quote]
[quote]I have a bird at my feeder in 7b that I do not recognize. I haven't been able to get a picture. It's slightly larger than a finch ...[/quote]
Check out Pine Siskin. But when you say "slightly larger than a finch", do you mean "slightly larger than a House Finch" or "slightly larger than an American Goldfinch" - there's a fair difference in size between those two finches, both common in your area.
I thought the Pine Siskin's had lines on their backs and chest - not sure how to describe the look. In any case, I will try for a picture and then you will be able to identify it. Today is a very windy day here in NC so I'm not sure if the birds will come out this afternoon. The bird was heavier than a house finch and slightly taller I believe. Let me see if I can capture it on film and then you will be able to identify it with ease! I'll be back when I have the pic! Thanks.
Here I go again, needing help with identifying hawks/eagles.
This one was larger than any hawk I've ever seen; but it didn't seem quite big enought to be an eagle. Despite the red tail feathers, I don't think it's a red-tailed hawk. Notice the dark breast ... not white & speckled like a red-tailed hawk. I also considered a Golden Eagle; but the overall size and beak seem too small for an eagle. So experts, what the heck is is?????
Can anyone please help me ID a little sparrow like bird at our BOSS tray feeder today with a white spot about as big as a dime low on a brownish and white stripey breast (it's not a white throated sparrow).
Can't find a sparrow type bird in my ID books showing a white spot on the striped breast...thanks for any help...
And sorry no photo...I'm not quick enough for this one...
I have at least 2 Wrens that are eating in the feeding cage. One is definitely a Carolina as the color is brown tones and the chest area has a golden tint. The other one is smaller and does not have the gold chest area but is grey instead. Is the smaller grey tinted one a female or juvie?
Here is the Carolina with the gold tint chest area ( sorry pics aren't clearer).
[quote]Here is the smaller one with the grey chest area![/quote]
Bewick's Wren - as well as the small size and grey breast colour, also note the relatively longer tail with stronger dark barring. Quite scarce in MO, good find!
[quote]This is a first for me...is it a Fox Sparrow?[/quote]
Could be, but not definite - Fox Sparrow in MO should be redder, less dark brown, than this. Can you get more pics of the same bird from different angles?
Thanks Resin...This is the first time I've seen this bird. There are several among the groundfeeders today. I guess the ice has brought the birds in today. There are even Song Sparrows out there! Many thanks again!