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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. I have a hard time distinguishing the Downy from the Hairy woodpecker. I can't tell if the "tail spots" seen peeking out between the wings in the one picture are part of the wing or the tail. This was shot on the Bruce Peninsula, in Ontario, Canada at 11 am.
  5. Does "buffy" describe the colour or the texture of the eyering?
  6. Does anyone think number 2 could be a great crested flycatcher? We confirmed one here the other day by its song and it sure looks like bird number 2.
  7. Hi, I saw this thrush-like bird standing still for a long time on this log. It was today at 11 am on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. At first glance I thought it was an American Robin. My poor photo lacks enough detail for me to be sure what I saw. Any clues I might be missing? Thanks!
  8. I believe all 3 are the same bird. They were sighted around 1:30 pm today in a cedar tree on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. There are so many small grey-ish birds I am having trouble narrowing it down. Sorry about the poor picture quality.
  9. Number one was sighted on May 1st at 9:04 am. Number two was sighted today (May 9th) at 2:30 pm. Both were sighted at the edge of a cedar forest on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. I initially thought both were Eastern Phoebes, but now I am having doubts because of possible wing bars and eye rings...
  10. I got up early to find some birds and I found this one hopping and flying low in the cedar bush near the bottom of a cliff. It was around 7 am on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. I could not match it to anything in my field guide. Sorry about the low quality pictures. I could not get close.
  11. I can never tell if I am looking at a crow or a raven. This one seemed fairly large, so I'm guessing a raven? Are those tail feathers rounded, or flat? I find it hard to tell for sure. This bird was sighted on May the fourth around noon on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.
  12. This guy was seen on a fence line near the ditch in a farmer's field around 10:30 am. On the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. We're not sure if we're looking at a Northern Waterthrush or a Sparrow. Thanks.
  13. There were a couple of these birds jumping from branch to branch around dusk yesterday. They were up pretty high, but I was able to get one picture. Geographic location is Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. My best guess is yellow-rumped warbler. Can anyone confirm? Thank-you!
  14. Hi, We saw this little guy on a fence post in Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada on April 18 around 3pm. We thought maybe a Warbling Vireo, but we also thought it could be an Eastern Phoebe which we identified nearby a couple days earlier. Maybe it is none of the above? Sorry about the head being turned. This one wouldn't sit still to have its picture taken... Thanks!
  15. Thanks a lot for your explanation of the markings. We are on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Red tailed-hawk fits this region and we see them now and then. Maybe it was the lighting but our gut reaction was that the bird was lighter in colour and the tail was not as red as we usually see.
  16. Around noon today, this beauty flew overhead and then was gone. My Dad was lucky to snap this action shot. There are normally many turkey vultures flying overhead, but this bird caught our eye as it appeared lighter in colour and more hawk-like. The original photo was just a silhouette so I increased the contrast and exposure to reveal some of the markings. We think it is a rough-legged hawk. Can anyone confirm based on the photo?
  17. Thanks all. We had thought it might be a clay-colored sparrow.
  18. This bird was sighted at the feeder around 7:30 am and then again around noon. Those in the household here are in disagreement about which species we are looking at. At least 17 varieties of sparrow have been recorded in this county. We have spotted a song sparrow and a white-throated sparrow recently. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
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