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  1. I was taking some nice pictures of songbirds when this beautiful creature scared them all away. I have been wondering if it is a sharp-shinned or a coopers? I took a measuring tape to the spot where he landed on the chain-link fence and I estimate he is around 13-15" from tip to tail. Even though there were birds everywhere he did not catch any. He came face to face with a squirrel and did not attempt to kill it even though the squirrel was frozen like a deer in the headlights, so I think that prey was too big for him. Time of day was 11:30 am in London, Ontario, Canada.
  2. Hi everyone! I shot this photo yesterday at Fanshawe Lake near London, Ontario, Canada. When I shot the photo, I thought it was a warbler - never staying on one branch for more than 0.5 seconds. Now that I am looking at the image on the computer it reminds me more of a junior rose-breasted grosbeak. But I am not sure. Second guesses would be juvenile female indigo bunting or house finch but I don't think those are right either. Maybe I just need a hint to put me in the right direction. 🙂
  3. You're welcome. The streaking seems to vary, but I have found some photos/videos that show a lot of streaking like in your picture.
  4. Wow! You are so knowledgeable. Thank-you for the ID!
  5. I saw this warbler around noon on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. At first I thought it was a Nashville Warbler but now I am leaning toward an Orange-Crowned Warbler due to the broken eye-ring and olive colour on top. Sorry, the pictures are are not the greatest.
  6. Thank-you for explaining this distinction between the chest patterns. This will help me in the future.
  7. Is this another song sparrow or did I spot something different this time? I was thinking it might be a Lincoln's... This was sighted in a farmer's field around noon on the Bruce Peninsula (near Lion's Head) in Ontario, Canada. Thanks!
  8. I agree. Thanks for your help! Too bad, for a minute there I thought I sighted something new...
  9. Sorry, I forgot the location details. We are on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada and there ARE a lot of Juncos here.
  10. I am a little bit stuck on the ID for this one. I have considered a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird, juvenile Eastern Towhee, and juvenile House Finch. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  11. Those rectangular sections, or "tabs" of the shingles on the roof should measure 12" wide. So we could estimate the size of the rat (or the hawk). If we wanted to.
  12. Thank-you for the confirmation and the additional characteristics to look for.
  13. I think this is a Cooper's Hawk based on its size and the size of its prey. Or could it be a sharp-shinned hawk? I trust that the experts on this forum will know for sure!
  14. Ah, I see. Yes, the new link looks much more like what I saw today. Thanks again.
  15. Thanks Kevin. The female link takes me to a mix of male and female cowbirds, and I just thought the females pictured there look more brown than grey. Admittedly, my picture was taken in the shade!
  16. I saw this bird around 2pm in a residential neighbourhood in London, Ontario, Canada. My first thought was catbird because of its grey appearance. That was before I noticed the thick beak. Is this a blackbird of some kind? A brown-headed cowbird without the brown head?
  17. Some birds peck all day at the wire mesh instead of taking seeds from the tray. This helps redirect them. It's cardboard from a 3-pack of Ketchup, Mustard and Relish.
  18. This woodpecker was spotted today. I cannot tell if it is a downy or hairy woodpecker. Are those black bars on the outer tail feathers? Honestly, I am not sure where to look. Initially I thought the beak looked long. It was only at the feeder for a few seconds so I did not get a chance to observe much behaviour. My location is the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Thanks!
  19. That makes sense. We're so used to seeing the yellow-bellied with the red throat that I guess its absence threw me off. It didn't help that my field guide does not show the black crown for the female sapsucker. Thanks for the ID!
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