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I should probably buy the Sibley guide, then. I have a National Geographic guide from 1999, and "Birds of Iowa" by Stan Tekiela (2000). The latter is a fairly small book and doesn't cover most of these migrating birds I am currently seeing.
Just saw another (I think) warbler. I think my new property has a sign on the roof that says "warblers stop here" because I have never seen any in 6 years of living in Iowa, and now I am seeing them nonstop! Of course, being rural now, that helps a lot. I didn't get a pic of this one, but it had the same small yellow patch on the flanks as the yellow-rumped, but no yellow spot on the head that I could see through the binox. I thought it was the yellow-rumped female, but couldn't see if it had the yellow rump or not - only the flank bit (which was a pretty small yellow area). But, it had a very starkly speckled breast - not the sort of dull brown shown in my National Geographic guide. It was very dark speckles on white, more like the male. I'm wondering if it might be the female Myrtle Warbler, which seems to be a subspecies of the yellow-rumped, but she seems to have a small yellow head spot. Perhaps it's not very noticeable? Any thoughts?
When do hummingbirds come back in to Nebraska?
I enjoyed them so much last year and can't wait to see them again this year.
Before last year I never knew I had them here.
I accidentally saw one in my red cannas and started putting nectar out for them.
Last year I had at least 10 hummers.
These are ruby throats.
I just wish I knew when to start putting nectar out for the little beauties.
Well, I think I have yet another warbler. I don't think this one is the same as the ones you have helped me identify last week (yellow-rumped and palm). He seems much yellower on his head and chest. I'm wondering if it is a pine warbler, based on my book. He does look quite a bit like the picture in my National Geographic guide. Another migrator, I think.
Okay these pictures are really bad, but you guys are soooo good I am sure you will be able to help. This bird is bigger than a finch and smaller than a robin. The next picture will have a bird that came and sat along side this one. I don't know if they are related. This is the best I can do tonight.
Thanks Pelletory-- I thought it might be a cowbird, but I have never had one before to my knowledge. It is probably nothing to get too excited about, but I am in the middle of the city, so any new bird is a delight. I knew you guys could help me!!
Nanny, I do think you are right! I knew I had seen it before but not recently. I was just noticing too that the male hasn't been here in a few days. It's odd that she looks so different from the male, almost like a giant sparrow. It was definitely more timid than the male. I'll have to find something "special" to put out for her tomorrow, just in case. :) Thanks!
Adel: Whatever that "bb" was it's very pretty, I saw my first Yellow Bird and found out it was an Eastern Meadowlark, but my husband complained when I stopped the car to look at it - no question of getting a picture!!
Wow, thank you Resin, that's exciting! And it even looks like the blue-winged warbler actually lives in Iowa, so maybe it's not just passing through. I hope it will revisit. I looked at the pictures and find that it is quite difficult to distinguish between the pine and blue-winged females, at least for me! What was the characteristic that stood out as making it blue-winged, so that I will know in future?
Edited to say that I begin to think it might be the depth of the yellow colouring, which seems paler on the pine warbler.
For anyone else who, like me, is having trouble with warbler identification, I found this site which I thought was quite useful. Hopefully I will now be able to have a better guess on my warblers before posting their photos for final ID!! It has a lot of photographs and description on features to look for, which is quite handy, especially when you've only got a couple of shots of the bird from funny angles or backside only, etc.
Yes, I agree - I linked to it at work, which is quite high speed. At home, I'm on satellite internet, which is not as fast and it does take a while to load. None the less, it is quite helpful for someone new to warblers, like me. Every afternoon when I get home from work, I go on warbler patrol!
I though I was imagining things earlier today. I was almost sure that we had at least 2 different male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks here this morning. But not sure...just thrilled I had seen them 3 days now. Last year we had a male & female come a couple of times then never saw them again.
My suspicions were confirmed this afternoon. Evidently the memo has been put out that Morgan's Diner is open!!
Hello everyone! I haven't been here much lately since it's gardening time, but I've been seeing many new birds. I saw an Eastern Bluebird the other day when I was riding my bike and it perched in my very own tree as I passed my house! Next year I'm putting up a bluebird house for sure!
Anyway, I'm hoping this one is a female painted bunting. It could also be a female Lesser Goldfinch as I've seen lots of them around, but I really hope it's a Painted. A neighbor said they've seen PB's here before.
New bird for me today - I think it's a brown thrasher. There are a pair of them working their way along my timber line. I can't see it's eye closely enough to see if it's yellow or not. There is nothing else in my book that looks like this though. It's about American robin size or maybe bigger. It's got quite a long beak on it!
Well, now I'm confused. I was trying to take a picture of what appeared to be a black and white bird. Then suddenly, there were 2 black and white birds. I'm not sure if they are the same bird, and I'm not sure if the pictures are of the 2 birds or only one of them. I'm such a bad photographer! I don't know what either bird is...
Here is one black and white bird, facing right towards me.
Thanks Resin! I shall keep an eye out for that black and white bird again and see if it might be a warbler.
What are the features that helped you identify the downy woodpecker from the hairy woodpecker? I'd like to know for future birdwatching experience! The main thing I see in my book is the size of the bill.
BTW, with Bird Ident having its own forum now, it'd be better to start each query as a new thread, rather than continuing with this volume . . . it'll make things easier when the 'Mark as SOLVED' feature is added soon.
Of the red finches, I've only added House Finch to my life list. I'm wondering if this might be a new one to add? Only got this one photo. It is already getting hot here in New Mexico and the birds are looking for shade too :-)
edited to add: just read your post about starting a new thread Resin, sorry I didn't see it before. Next time!!