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  1. Gorgeous! Thanks for the wintry namesake shout-out! Enjoy your holiday and the quiet beauty up North! I’m a smidge jealous as I can’t wait to get some skiing in!
  2. Winter

    Hairy or Downy Woodpecker

    Both are Downy’s. Second one looks as though it towel dried its hair after a bath 😄 haha. Great pictures by the way!
  3. Just echoing the others as being a red-bellied woodpecker, likely a female as the red “cap” is less prominent as it doesn’t extend as far forward as a male red-bellowed . 🙂
  4. For #2, pretty sure this is a Downy. I’ve noticed that sometimes the dotted outer tail feathers in the Downys aren’t always visible (or just not there at all). The bill is smaller relative to body size and has a more “hunched” look than Hairy’s - to me at least.
  5. Woot! Finally, a cuckoo that I'm 100% sure of for the first time! Thanks so much! Didn't realize how shy and quiet they are - nor how cute! Any idea about general age?
  6. Is this a warbler? Yellow-rumped or American Redstart? Or something else perhaps? Apologies about the horrid quality — I have yet to process the original photo taken with my "real" camera, hence the back-of-Camera-LCD-screenshot using my iPhone. 😬 Assateague Island, Maryland. Taken Oct 20, 2018.
  7. Seen Oct 16, 2018 in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Is this a yellow-billed cuckoo??? If so, is this a bit unusual at this time of year and is there a way to determine whether its geneal age (immature or adult, etc) and the sex? Thanks!
  8. Thanks so much for explaining this precisely. Really appreciate it. I’m in awe how you and others here are able to remember all these very important but otherwise tiny details about each particular one... Warblers and sparrows (and shorebirds) are soooo confusing for me! Again, thanks for taking time out to answer my noob questions!
  9. Thanks guys! So, out of curiosity, I imported the pic into Cornell’s Merlin app, and it’s telling me it’s a Blackburnian Warbler ...?!? Looking at some pictures of Blackburnian male in fall/bland plumage or a female, I can see why but also a Cape May. Question: How are you able to tell that it’s Cape May and not a Blackburnian (in bland plumage or female) and which minute differentiations are you seeing between the two (considering the low quality images I’ve posted)? I ask because I trust you guys more than I probably should trust an app and would love to hear insight. Thanks again
  10. Apologies for the lousy photo - it was really hard to capture and gone in a flash among the leaves which it camouflaged well in (and I used my iPhone to snap the back of the original camera screen). This little energetic beauty was seen yesterday, October 9, in Broadlands Wetlands Nature Preserve in Northern Virginia. To me, it looks most like a female Cape May warbler especially with the apparent white wingbar patch on the shoulder. That, or maybe a Black-Throated Green Warbler... Or something entirely different?? Thanks so much!
  11. Still waiting. I may have seen 1 but can't even confirm that 100%. It's October now ... So strange!
  12. In Maryland. Suet is a seed, mealworm and berry mix block with hot pepper in it to help deter the voracious squirrels living in the huge oak tree above. The hot pepper is why it looks orangey and kind of gross. :-/
  13. Yeah, the squirrels kept opening up the suet feeders so I clipped on some keychains things I had lying around to try to keep them out. Seems to work.
  14. Thanks! It's taken awhile to manage to snag this shot of them both together. Mystery solved at last!
  15. Just looking for confirmation that these 2 in the picture are both a Hairy and a Downy woodpecker. Also, are they both females or is one possibly still a juvenile? Thanks! Sorry for the poor quality of the photo.
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