Hi Pelle, The reason I questioned it was because when I submitted Black Capped on the bird count it was questioned. I am in South West Mo and according to the range map the Carolina is here year round. The Black Capped is north of where I am located. On the link I have above if you scroll down a bit it has a larger map showing the range. I am located about 100 miles north of Ark. Gee...I'm getting too confused...they look alike to me!!
Thanks Pelle, I listed them as Carolina Chicadees mainly based on their tiny size and their call . I think I will try and send a pic to them and see if they can tell the dif. I appreciate all your help,
Quoting:Just to report a bird on feeder this morning. No picture, Carolina Wren. Didn't realize they were up here
Sibley maps Carolina Wren breeding up to approx Boston and scattered records up to Maine and even one or two records in Nova Scotia; I've also read they're slowly expanding north with milder winters. So a good record, but perhaps not too surprising.
Congratulations dellrose! Your prize is you get to help me with this one :-) I'm hoping it is a new one for me and that I am not being forgetful or blind in one eye and can't see out of the other, lol
This was taken on maximum zoom and is the only shot I got
So these 2 are a pair of purple finch? The white eyebrow is female, how do you tell from the males house finch and purple finch? Don't they both have red? I need to be taught, what to look for. Thanks Pelle
No problem Pelle , thanks for the ID of the first one. The birds are coming pretty regular today, probably because of more snow, I even had the Downy Woodpecker come, quite a few time. He has been on vacation for the pass few weeks. :)
pelle; thanks so much. I had the feeder for the longest, never seen them there. Then you advised that I move the feeder to low ground area. And there it was! This is my first time seeing bluebird out there since we moved the bird house. Wooohooooo! Gotta run and get some wormmeals.
Pelle, I think that checking out the local tally is the most fun of the whole thing! 4 people from out town participated. I was surprised to see a Red Breasted Nuthatch in the count for us. They should come to MY yard!!!
I have a question..anybody... I'm sure I saw a Snowy Owl in my Pin oak 2 nights ago. This is where all my birdfeeder are. Mice and shrews make paths under the snow and I have 2 opossums that visit nightly, so lots of activity. I live in Palatine , IL..has anyone seen them in this area? Or am I crazy?
My son was in the back yard, and came running around to the front of the house telling me there was a hawk on the fence. I grabbed my camera, and looked out the back door, but it quickly spotted me. It seemed real 'antzy' and seemed ready to go. I took this shot, (photo is blown up and touched up slightly) then I slid the door open, and it jumped into my Rose-of-Sharon bush, and grabbed a sparrow and took off.
Pelle -- thanks for the ID. I've spent some time Googling the Cooper's Hawk and I think you're right.
Although, my hawk is smaller than other pictures that I've seen, but I still agree.
We've had at least two different hawks through my back yard lately.
I think the other haw I've had is a much larger Red-Shouldered, or Red-tailed Hawk.
Kim -- Yes, it quickly grabbed a sparrow, and took off with it. I may get yelled at, but those hawks can have all the sparrows that they can grab. The sparrows are obviously abundant for a reason... uh-oh, I hope I'm not fixing to get bombarded by Hate Dmail. :^) I'm like you though, I wouldn't want them grabbing my little fishes either -- especially since they are not free like the sparrows. :^) As long as the hawks don't start grabbing my Cardinals then they're fine with me.
Ok, I think this is an immature Cooper's Hawk? It has yellow eyes which only the young have. Am I right? All my birds suddenly vanished and this guy came along briefly. Sorry for the lousy pictures but I was excited and wanted to get the pictures as fast as I could.
Another reason besides the yellow eyes that I think's it's immature. He wasn't all that big. He was flying through the tree branches where I could hardly see him and thought he was a crow at first. These are my first hawk pictures. :-) Wish they had been better.
This is a new one for me that I can't ID. I was leaning toward a Junco since it was about the same size and body shape. On the other hand all of the Junco variations seem to have a pinkish bill. intstead of gray/black like this one.
Creekwalker's hawk looks most like Sharp-shinned to me, with its thin legs, rounded head, broad and untidy flank marks (not neat streaking), and dainty bill. Size judgement ("crow-sized") can always be very tricky, so I'd not give it too much reliance.
Thank you, Pelle, Please be patient with me. I'm in search of a better camera, hopefully I'll be able to post better pics. soon in the near future. :-)
The two birds were identical as I observed them. They were peacefully sharing the food, no fighting noticed. Cute 'lil ones. They're both about the same size. Slightly bigger than that of finches. :-)
Yep it has the yellow markings in front of the eyes. When I first spotted it I thought it was a White Crowned Sparrow, until I got closer.We had those last year and I am familiar with what it looks like. So i get to add a new bird to the list!
I don't know if you even want to try to ID a bird without a photo, but here is the info:
At one of the basket feeders, quickly left. Slight build. Brown and white - sparrowish coloring - long, narrow, pointed beak. The beak is what caught my attention. I have looked in this list: http://www.holoweb.com/cannon/birds.htm but didn't find a match.