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  1. 4 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

    How about Brown Thrasher?

    Taking a look at photos of the Brown Thrasher, that definitely seems like a possibility. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos as I was busy working and didn't have my camera, but I will definitely keep my eye out for this one! (Side note, when I first red your reply I almost refuted it because I was picturing a Brown Creeper which I have seen before but only once. I am glad I did the search for it anyway because I was confusing these two birds!)

  2. Yesterday I was doing some landscaping in an area of basically scrub-land, with some sporadic small to medium trees, but mostly open area with a lot of tall grasses and shrubbery. I saw a bird fly up from the ground and perch about 6' in a tree, and to my eye, it looked to be about the size of a blue jay, or a bit smaller, but was brownish and seemed to hold its tail in a very wren-like manner. Are there any wrens that would be this large? It was larger than sparrow sized, somewhere between the size of a robin (though not really robin/thrush shaped) and a typical blue-jay. Any possible ideas what this bird could have been? This was in North-eastern Ohio and was on May 6th. Any thoughts or possibilities I could look into would be appreciated.

    As a side note, this area has already been home to at least 3 new bird species for me to add to my life list, including a woodcock and towhee, so it could definitely be an uncommon or infrequent species. So, even if you have a slight possibility, please don't hesitate to suggest anything that could even remotely be seen in my area.

    Thanks!

  3. I can't necessarily vouch for sharpie, but I have a juvenile coopers that frequently helps himself to the house sparrows in my front yard. I am also in Ohio, and OPs bird looks quite a bit different to the coop I see regularly, so I would lean towards sharpie also. For reference, below is the Coopers in my yard this past Saturday (12/21). I also note the "bug eye" (which seems to be set a bit farther back on the head) and paler face from OP photo compared to my bird below. Not sure how helpful that is, but I struggle with sharpie vs coop as well, so always trying to learn from others as well.

     

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  4. This bird was seen in Northeastern Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on 12/12. I believe it to be a swamp sparrow, which is a new sparrow to me for my list, but wanted to get confirmation. Unfortunately, the only photos I have are of the back/mantle and I did not get any shots of the breast/belly. Thoughts?

     

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  5. 9 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    Looks good for Herring Gull. Thayer'susually have dark eyes, although they can have pale eyes, but even the pale-eyed individuals there is a little dusky flecking in there. This bird has bright, clean golden irises.Bill is pretty hefty as well.

    Would the Herring Gull tend to have legs this pink, and no black flecks on bill in winter? Certainly not disagreeing with you that it looks good for Herring, just looked to me more like Thayer's (which, I just found out was in 2017 re-classed as a subspecies of Iceland Gull, not it's own species outright as shown in my field guide).

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  6. Among several other gulls which I am confident were ring billed, I observed this other gull in northeast Ohio yesterday. Consulting my field guide, I want to say it is a Thayer's Gull, although the map in the guide doesn't show them in this specific area; however, it does show them in Lake Erie, which I am about 35 miles south of (straight line). My reasoning is that legs are pinker than a herring gull, and the black on the primaries would rule out Iceland gull. The red spot on the bill would rule out ring-billed (which is what this bird was flocking with). Any thoughts on this bird?

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  7. 9 minutes ago, Kevin said:

    It looks like a Swamp Sparrow to me.

    I was thinking this originally, but then I felt like I was seeing white wing bars which I believe are not usually present on swamp sparrows. I also realized I took one more photo about 3 minutes later, which may or may NOT be the same bird. It was in the same general location, maybe 20 yards further on in the shrubby-marsh. The third photo looks to me to be an American Tree Sparrow (noting the faint, but present to my eye, characteristic dark spot on the breast). If this additional photo is in fact the American Tree Sparrow, I would be more inclined to think perhaps the first two photos are as well, unless there is reason to think otherwise? This is the other photo:

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  8. Thanks! I felt the same, the first one was the one I was least certain about, but I usually find that the downies I see at my suet feeders stay pretty true to the 1:2 ratio of beak length to head length, but as these are the first pictures I have taken of what I presumed to be hairies I was basing that on the theory that they are more often closer to 1:1 on the beak-to-head ratio. The white on the tail feathers is something I am aware of but have always had trouble understanding exactly what to look for.

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  9. Thanks for the feedback! I first saw this bird last year and noticed it looked the same (immature plumage) this year. Any idea how old Coopers tend to be when molting to a more adult like plumage? As much as I don't like the thought of my little passerine friends becoming lunch, I really enjoy the chance to see this raptor up close and since he (or she?) seems to have a taste for the house sparrows which are quite plentiful (and, of course, invasive) I am hoping that the hawk sticks around for years to come.

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  10. I often see Downy woodpeckers at my suet feeders, so I have a pretty good handle of what they look like. I have only seen what I think is their larger cousin the Hairy woodpecker on two occasions, at Silver Creek Metro Park in Ohio. However, I am not 100% sure these were in fact hairy. Thoughts? (Pictures posted from two dates both around a year ago).

     

    11-22-18, Female Hairy?

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    12-30-18, Male Hairy?

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    12-30-18, Female Hairy?

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  11. I've seen this raptor on multiple occasions in my front yard. I have several feeders that are frequented by up to 50 or so house sparrows at times with a nearby bush in which they take shelter while feeding. It seems these feeders provide food for the sparrows, and the sparrows provide the food for the hawk. Anyway, I've been under the assumption this is a cooper's hawk, but figured it never hurts to double check and get additional opinions. Since I was able to finally get some nice pictures. please let me know for sure if it is indeed a cooper's hawk or something else.

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  12. At Silvercreek Metropark in Northeast Ohio, there were three birds I couldn't positively identify on a recent birding trip. The first  I am pretty sure is a song sparrow, but wanted to double check. A friend said the second is a Pewee but again wanted some confirmation. The last seems to be some kind of warbler . I initially thought Pine, then perhaps Palm, and settled on Blackpoll, but really am not certain at all. They were seen in the late afternoon/early evening on October 14th 2019 (around 4:30pm). Photos attached.
     

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