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  1. These are from Las Vegas earlier this week.  It was rather hot outside so I took these from hotel window - part of the reason for  poor quality.  It was so hot  - I saw a roadrunner - nice one..but only running he did was from shade to shade

    1 what kind of hawk..these two are the same bird

    48613190061_0106bbf0cc_n.jpgVegas Hawk by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr

    48612820363_f454f3e311_n.jpgVegas Hawk by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr


    2 could this be a Cackling Goose or just plain Canada Goose or something else?  They seemed more brown than the ones we see here in Baltimore County

    48613200371_e76706c0eb_n.jpgVegas Goose by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr


    thank you...

  2. I saw that video and was amazed at how many were feeding at one time.  Mine tend to be a bit (understatement ) territorial and I went and got a second feeder but had to take the first one down in order for them. - i have at least 4 but think 6.  Males for the past month as well...earlier it was only females. Will put the second one back up today about 100 feet away from the other and see what happens

  3. range for the curve billed thrasher - according to sightings map of allaboutbirds - Cornell University is extreme southern and eastern Colorado - so could be.  The LaContes has blacker eye.  and Crissal is not as brown and seems to have a more curved beak.. According to allaboutbirds...the man who first named this one - curve billed - had not see the others with more curved bills


    I would vote for Curve Billed but as above..maybe someone more expert should make final decision

    oh yes agree totally with house sparrow the grey cap and almost black bib are telltale for me


  4. also agree that this is a female great tailed grackle..for all of the reasons akandula mentioned plus...i have found grackles in general to be one of the fiercest looking birds. Perhaps it is the yellow eyes or the stance but have come to believe they could be ID'd ...well close..by the head and stance along

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  5. I think it may have been wishful thinking on my part...the third brood.  The female definately came back to the box two or three times that I saw but I have not seen her for the past week.  Will still keep looking but hope is fading.  But it has been very warm...understatement here in Baltimore County...over 115 heat index.   I have been surprised that have had no predators  - both the boxes I have up are on trees- the one used this year is more secluded than the other.  The male keeps a pretty good watch and chases other birds and squirrels away.

    Having no problem with hummingbirds now...for at least two or three weeks - all I saw were females but males are there now and what I believe is a juvenile male.  I bought a second feeder today because one of the males seemingly has staked out the first.  We will see.  I have  not had a lot of luck with this type - reservoir over the feeder..  They are hard to individually ID but I think I have at least 6 possible 8.  

  6. first time ever....the female has started building the nest in the blue bird box for the third time.  I was concerned about the last brood but like tclarkwood - have seen no sign of a problem with the last brood but did not see them leave the box.  I waited two or three days..then went to look and  the nest was empty.  I cleaned it out and three days later they are back for the third time

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  7. I do not have a picture - it was too fleeting. The bird was a light green (I think) and small  but about twice the size of the hummingbirds we get.  But it seemed to hover like a hummiingbird for a few seconds before flying away.  I am in Baltimore County Maryland and saw this in my backyard yesterday July 10th.  I have not seen anything like this before and as I said it was only fleeting. I do not have any other details so just hoping....

  8. this year, I have seen at least 4 to 6 Ruby Throated hummingbirds at my feeder - Baltimore County Maryland.  But have yet to see  a male .  All have been lacking the red thoat - almost black in the right light....of lack of direct light.

    Just wondering what is going on

  9. thank you Charlie - we have picked a lot at the back of the development and close as we can to trees and water.  They are planting some trees now but it will take a while.  I do not expect to see the woodpeckers we see now but will take your advice and keep my fingers crossed for others....not starlings or HOSP!.  I do have a large feeder that has suet cages on either end.  Have been using suet dough in those and suet in logs I drilled out.  I will bring that one or get a smaller one   And as i said...keep my fingers crossed

    thanks again

  10. I have two bluebird boxes  - one uses 3 years ago but not since - the other last year had two fledglings that left the nest but when i went to clean it there were two dead fledgings there

    this year - did not think the box was being used but about a month ago..saw that it was...again only two left - when I went to clean the box , I was fully expecting to find others that did not get out,, But the nest was empty.....it is usual to have only two??

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