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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 26, 2008
6:07 PM

Post #4867514

We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/832470/

Here's a newcomer to my yard today. He has a sort of rusty head, white eyebrow, and yellow on his rump and under the chin. I'm not familiar with him. Maybe a sort of warbler?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 26, 2008
6:25 PM

Post #4867561

Yep, Palm Warbler.

Resin
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 26, 2008
6:27 PM

Post #4867567

Oh! I just looked him up. He's not supposed to be in Iowa, I don't think! More of those migrating birds I guess, but the migration pattern in my book doesn't show him going over Iowa.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 26, 2008
6:38 PM

Post #4867605

Maybe mine from the other day made a lefthand turn! LOL
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
6:56 PM

Post #4867662

I heard rumors that the Blue Heron had returned to their nest at Scott River so I hot footed down there only to find an empty nest.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #4867669

While I was there I got some long range pics of an Osprey.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
6:59 PM

Post #4867674

cc

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
7:00 PM

Post #4867678

A Brewer's Blackbird,

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
7:01 PM

Post #4867682

And a Bullock's Oriole.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 26, 2008
7:01 PM

Post #4867683

adel, your in the wrong thread dear!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
7:02 PM

Post #4867685

bb

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 26, 2008
7:03 PM

Post #4867687

There goes that CRS again!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 26, 2008
8:24 PM

Post #4867886

Quoting:but the migration pattern in my book doesn't show him going over Iowa

Sibley maps Palm Warblers as passing through Iowa (and west to half way across Nebraska, too). They breed in Canada west to Alberta.

Resin
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 26, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #4867927

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.
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 26, 2008
11:29 PM

Post #4868640

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?
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2008
2:29 PM

Post #4871092

Is this a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2008
3:03 PM

Post #4871199

Nope, it's a Nashville Warbler. Nice one to get, though!

Resin
ladyegg
Seward, NE

April 27, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #4871461

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.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2008
4:47 PM

Post #4871574

Now!

http://hummingbirds.net/map.html
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2008
5:54 PM

Post #4871860

Thanks, Resin. That what I thought when I took the photos, but then it just didn't quite look right.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 27, 2008
7:24 PM

Post #4872186

A pic of a Golden-crowned Sparrow I took at Scott River yesterday.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 27, 2008
7:25 PM

Post #4872197

And a Common Merganzer on the Klamath River on the way home.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 27, 2008
7:26 PM

Post #4872201

I did it again!!!!!!!!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 27, 2008
7:51 PM

Post #4872290

OMG adel! lol!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2008
8:07 PM

Post #4872340

ROTFL. ((hugs)) adel
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 27, 2008
8:10 PM

Post #4872361

Aw we love ya adel!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
8:11 PM

Post #4872371

AHAAAAAA! You are special adel! :)
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 27, 2008
10:03 PM

Post #4872883

Thanks all. I thought I'd better respond before I forgot what I was responding to.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
10:08 PM

Post #4872902

Huh?..What'd I miss?!! LOL..Adel...I enjoy your pics any thread you post them!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2008
10:22 PM

Post #4872965

Well we all can laugh because it happens to all of us!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #4879050

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.
Claire

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jo11
Saint Paul, MN

April 29, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #4879325

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.

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jo11
Saint Paul, MN

April 29, 2008
12:28 AM

Post #4879330

The other bad picture.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
12:31 AM

Post #4879346

I could be wrong but the one on the left looks like a male Brown-headed Cowbird.
jo11
Saint Paul, MN

April 29, 2008
12:44 AM

Post #4879414

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!!
sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #4879424

Is this a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak?

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
1:00 AM

Post #4879498

Yes it is! Congratulations!
sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4879642

Thanks :-) I had 1 male that stopped on the way thru last spring and fall but this is the first female I've seen. Maybe the male will remember me this spring too!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
1:52 AM

Post #4879833

Still wondering about my maybe-pine-warbler... (8 posts up)...
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
1:57 AM

Post #4879873

Hi CMoxin, Would you mind waiting for Resin, I'm not very good with Warblers and I don't want to just guess.
He will be here tomorrow. Hope thats okay. :-)
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
2:02 AM

Post #4879910

No problem Pelletory! I'm not very good with warblers either! LOL! I just didn't want it to get lost in the flurry of new photos of UFBs (unidentified flying birds). :-)
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2008
2:31 AM

Post #4880042

And this is?

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 29, 2008
2:54 AM

Post #4880158

Looks like a female Purple Finch to me, but I'm no expert.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
3:11 AM

Post #4880265

Konkrete, female Red-winged Black bird, I think.
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2008
3:47 AM

Post #4880415

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!

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 29, 2008
4:06 AM

Post #4880468

I was close...it was a bird.
seemama
Kissimmee, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2008
10:05 AM

Post #4880813

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!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2008
11:26 AM

Post #4880915

Quoting:Well, I think I have yet another warbler

Blue-winged Warbler, female. Good one!

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
11:27 AM

Post #4880921

Oh Congratulations Claire!!!!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
1:14 PM

Post #4881300

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?
Thanks
Claire

Edited to say that I begin to think it might be the depth of the yellow colouring, which seems paler on the pine warbler.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2008
3:25 PM

Post #4881962

I was going on general size/shape (it looks a small, dainty bird, whereas Pine W is fairly chunky as warblers go), and also the nice clean yellow flanks (streaked drab olive-green on Pine).

Resin
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2008
4:07 PM

Post #4882135

this was in the shade.

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #4882159

Interesting, sort of looks like that hermit thrush I had a couple of weeks ago, or something similar.
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4882205

The closest thing I could find was the Hermit thrush also.
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2008
6:46 PM

Post #4882756

LOL adele! Your guess (a bird) was as good as mine. :)
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
7:27 PM

Post #4882913

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.

http://www.giffbeaton.com/warblers.htm
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #4883182

Thanks for the site Claire!

I'll take a look at it and maybe add it to the Sticky.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2008
10:07 PM

Post #4883609

I'd agree with Hermit Thrush too.

That warblers link looks quite good, though people with dial-up will find the long page with numerous thumbnail pics very slow to load.

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
10:33 PM

Post #4883716

I did notice that. I'm on cable and it loaded sorta slow for me.
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
10:53 PM

Post #4883793

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!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 29, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4883816

I don't blame you! :-)
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4883817

Thank you Resin and Cmoxon.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 29, 2008
11:24 PM

Post #4883911

Here's a new one for me.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 29, 2008
11:42 PM

Post #4883971

I'm going to stick my neck out again and say it's a Common Yellowthroat, but I'll hedge mybet and say it's also a yellow bird.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2008
12:23 AM

Post #4884159

someone just had this bird didn't they? Tigerlily???
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=4852201
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 30, 2008
12:38 AM

Post #4884249

I thought I remembered seeing him here recently. Thanks so much!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2008
8:59 AM

Post #4885719

Yep, Yellowthroat

Resin
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2008
3:30 PM

Post #4886942

I'm glad some of you are also seeing the very lovely Yellowthroat! They tend to be rather elusive and shy. Each time I have seen them, they were on or very near the ground at my creek or at the pond.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 30, 2008
3:37 PM

Post #4886973

Mine was working from the ground and then up and all over the inside of a large shrub, picking up little bugs. Stayed mostly hidden from view.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2008
3:40 PM

Post #4896516

At first, I thought it was a song sparrow, but no eye ring, and what's with this rosey tint?

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #4896529

Other side…

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #4896548

Mrs. Ed...Now I know where my Female Purple Finch went! (at least I think that is what it is)!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2008
4:32 PM

Post #4896745

Yep, female Purple Finch

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
4:37 PM

Post #4896758

I was right...Resin you have taught me well!! LOL!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
7:54 PM

Post #4897406

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!!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
7:56 PM

Post #4897412

now I need a date for each of them...though after seeing how they shovel in the food with those big beaks, I will need a job!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
7:57 PM

Post #4897420

OMG it's contagious adel!! LOL
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 2, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #4897495

ROTFLOL!! Oh No!!! :-)))

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2008
9:21 PM

Post #4897771

OMG a purple finch. no wonder I couldn't find it in the sparrow section.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #4897915

Nanny and Mrs Ed...LOL!!!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

May 2, 2008
10:37 PM

Post #4898145

Nanny_56 I knew it was contagious, I didn't know it could travel through cyberspace>

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #4898195

:)
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
11:06 AM

Post #4900138

This was on our pond and I thought it was the Spotted Sandpiper returning but it looks different.

OK...got to checking and I believe this is a Solitary Sandpiper!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2008
3:41 PM

Post #4900995

Yep, agree with Solitary Sandpiper

Resin
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #4901074

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.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #4901082

Here's another shot. What's throwing me is that her beak seemed fairly light colored. Not sure if you can see it here, but it seems like both the PB's and LG's have darker beaks.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2008
4:13 PM

Post #4901084

It was so windy. Sorry these pics aren't great.

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PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2008
4:14 PM

Post #4901088

I've also been seeing lots of House Finches, which makes me happy! Here's another of my mystery bird.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2008
5:15 PM

Post #4901279

I'd agree with female Painted Bunting. If it was Lesser Goldfinch it would show at least some weak wingbars and a white spot at the base of the primaries, which this doesn't.

Resin
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #4901367

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!
Claire

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2008
6:00 PM

Post #4901530

Yep, Brown Thrasher.

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 3, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #4901811

Congratulations guys!
PeeperKeeper
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2008
10:19 PM

Post #4902349

Yay! Now I just have to watch for her to bring the mister around! I've actually seen her more than once, so hopefully they'll keep showing up!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
10:40 PM

Post #4902410

Lucky you, PeeperKeeper! Those painted buntings are so pretty - I looked them up in my book. I don't think I'll see those here in Iowa. :-(

But at least I get to check off the brown thrasher box in my bird book list! Hooray!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #4902625

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.

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
11:54 PM

Post #4902629

And here is one as it flew away, with yellow on it.

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
11:54 PM

Post #4902635

and here's one in the underbrush

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
11:55 PM

Post #4902638

which subsequently flew onto a tree, woodpecker-fashion.

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #4902640

I declare, I shall never be a proper bird watcher at this rate!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2008
1:01 AM

Post #4902856

Looks like maybe a Yellow -rumped Warbler.

Don't give up! I am new to all this too. I just got into to birds late last summer and there is sooo much to learn. That's why we come to Dave's and we get to make lots of new friends!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4902871

Well, you know, I had a yellow rumped warbler last week, but it didn't seem so starkly black and white as the bird I saw today. Maybe I have a faulty memory! Would not surprise me!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2008
1:56 AM

Post #4903137

I went outside (such a novel concept) to see if I could get a better photo of the woodpecker type bird. Here is one, but it was starting to get dark out. Must be either a hairy or downy WP.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2008
2:52 AM

Post #4903401

Pretty sure the one flying away with yellow is the yellow rumped warbler.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2008
8:18 AM

Post #4903900

First two pics are Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Next two might be Black-and-white Warbler, but the pics aren't clear enough to be certain.

Last is a Downy Woodpecker.

Resin
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2008
12:57 PM

Post #4904233

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.

Claire

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2008
3:45 PM

Post #4904892

Yep, the small bill, and also that overall it is a small bird.

Resin
dawnleek
Nashville, TN

May 4, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #4904938

Hi from TN, believe it or not, it could be what is called "a yellow rumped warbler" I had several of them in my garden here in Nashville for the summer last year Dawn
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2008
9:09 PM

Post #4905860

Ruby-throated Hummingbird looks odd...immature or female? Sorry about the window shot!

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OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 4, 2008
9:47 PM

Post #4905964

Here are some old posts that may be helpful in comparing Downey/Hairy Woodpeckers:


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4463380
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4463385
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4463577

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2008
10:05 PM

Post #4906004

Yep, female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2008
10:10 PM

Post #4906023

Thanks Resin...do the males have the white spots on the outer tail like the female?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2008
10:12 PM

Post #4906031

Nope, just all-blackish tail feathers; they are also narrower, and more pointed.

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
1:00 AM

Post #4906828

Thanks Resin...I didn't realize the tails were different.
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
2:47 PM

Post #4909230

Thanks OldNed and Resin for the downy wp recognition tips. I will keep these in mind now and hopefully be able to identify them myself next time.

In the meantime, I have a new drab visitor this morning. I am guessing a female something or other. I have a couple of pics to post.
Claire

this one is the best shot I have of her - but you can't see her front...

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
2:48 PM

Post #4909237

Here is a not-so-good shot, but you can see her pale front.
She is just slightly left of center.

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
2:49 PM

Post #4909243

Here's a final shot in case it adds anything that isn't visible in the others.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2008
5:18 PM

Post #4909829

Song sparrow???

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2008
8:29 PM

Post #4910603

Bump! (just in case this got lost on the new forum)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2008
9:13 PM

Post #4910798

Quoting:In the meantime, I have a new drab visitor this morning

Not possible to identify conclusively on these pics, but most probably Warbling Vireo.

Quoting:Song sparrow???

Lincoln's Sparrow (a close relative of Song Sparrow). Note the fine streaks on the breast.

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2008
9:24 PM

Post #4910842

You know, I first was going to say Lincoln's sparrow (that's what it looked like in my Petersen's Guide), but since I hadn't seen any posts on the bird forum, I thought it couldn't be. Thanks resin!!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #4910869

Congrats Mrs. Ed...I've never seen one!

Haven't a clue what this is!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #4910876

Female House Sparrow!

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2008
9:37 PM

Post #4910884

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.

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
9:37 PM

Post #4910885

I thought this one might be a female Blue Grosbeak but not sure.

Thanks Resin...good grief you'd think I'd know that by now!!!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2008
9:39 PM

Post #4910894

Sorry, that one's a female Brown-headed Cowbird!

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
9:40 PM

Post #4910899

Thanks Resin...I'm going back to square one! I think I am suffering from wishful thinking! LOL!
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
9:45 PM

Post #4910927

Thanks Resin! Just when I thought I was getting a clue about warblers, now I've got a warbling vireo...oh dear!!
angele

May 5, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #4911292

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!!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2008
9:23 AM

Post #4913169

That looks like a Cassin's Finch you have there. Hard to tell from Purple Finch from this photo, but Purple Finch wouldn't normally be in NM.

Resin
angele

May 6, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #4914290

Thank you Resin. YOU are very much appreciated :-)

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