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Alice Miller

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  1. Saw this today in southern Minnesota. Any ideas?
  2. I was just going through some of my old photos, and I found some pictures of birds from last spring/summer I had forgotten about. The first two are ones that I found dead. I think the first is an Ovenbird, I'm not sure about the second. For the third and fourth, I thought juvenile Great Blue Heron and a Gadwall respectively, but I'm not sure about those either. I saw all four in Chicago.
  3. Thanks for the information! I figured it would be nearly impossible to tell.
  4. I saw this owl and bluebird today in southern Minnesota. Just wanted to confirm the owl is a Barred Owl and the bluebird is an Eastern Bluebird? This is the first time I've seen either of those birds. If anyone has a guess at the gender of the owl, that would also be great!
  5. I found this feather in early December in Chicago. I was wondering if anyone had any idea what type of bird it might have come from? My best guess would be an owl (it was a pretty big feather), but I've never seen an owl in that area before so I feel that's pretty unlikely.
  6. Thank you! I agree it was probably a red-tailed.
  7. Could it have been a red headed woodpecker? I know they don't live in California, but it seems to fit the description.
  8. My friend saw this bird yesterday and sent it to me. She lives in Illinois. She said it had a brown back and white underbelly, and it looked a bit small to be an owl but a little big for a hawk. I know the photo is very blurry, but I'd appreciate any help in identifying it!
  9. I saw this last march on the 25th in downtown Chicago. I think it could be a Song Sparrow, maybe a Fox Sparrow, but I'm not sure (sorry for the bad picture I was shooting through a very dirty window).
  10. The bird I saw looks a lot like the second picture in the link. I guess I'll never know for sure, but so far this seems like it's the most likely ID. Thanks for your help!
  11. Maybe! It could have been a juvenile. The pictures I found online of juvenile orange-crowned warblers do look a little like what I saw. I looked at Peterson field guide but not Sibleys.
  12. I guess it's possible, but neither of those look exactly like what I saw. Both of those vireos have some white on their underbellies, and the bird I saw had a completely yellow chest and stomach. Those vireos also both have little stripes going from their eyes to their beaks, and it didn't look like the bird I saw had any sort of eye stripe.
  13. No, I don't think it was molting. Its feathers looked smooth, and I was close enough to it to be able to see that the wing bar was made up of feathers, rather than feather shafts.
  14. I live in the Chicago area. Yesterday I saw a small bird that looked a bit like a Nashville warbler, except it had one white wing bar. It had a bright yellow belly, gray head and back, and white eye rings. It was a little smaller than a sparrow. I believe it was probably migrating, as I have never seen one of these birds before.
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