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.
Quoting: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 ...
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).
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!