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  1. 25 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

    Agreed. Faintly streaked sides of breast, narrow dark eyeline, and grayish sides of neck.

    Thanks! Is there a characteristic that stands out that would eliminate the female bay-breasted warbler? I also thought that looked like a potential match...

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  2. Please help identify this small bird. It was captured on the Bruce Peninsula Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

    At first I thought Nashville Warbler but I'm seeing some orange on the sides of the throat which made me think Parula...

    Picture quality is obviously not great. These guys are too fast for me to get a great shot!

    Thanks for your help!




  3. 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.

    Thanks in advance for your help with this ID.







  4. 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. ?


  5. 30 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

    You cannot determine the size of the rat, so you cannot determine the size of the bird. Rat's are exceedingly variable in size. I'd guess it's a male from the relatively straight-ish tail tip on a fairly short tail for the species. Females have longer tails that tend to be rounder. Please note the many qualifiers.

    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.

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