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Charlie Spencer

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  1. The forked tail says swallow, not swift, but don't ask me which one. With the tail notch being that deep, I'm guessing Barn Swallow.
  2. If by 'acting strange' you mean hopping along the ground or onto low shrub branches while cheeping pitifully, that's standard behavior for a newly fledged wren (and a lot of other species too). The bird will pass through this stage in a few days as it becomes more proficient at flying and finding its own food. Mom and Dad are usually somewhere in the area, along with any nestmates.
  3. I don't know molt cycles for Ruby-throateds, but wouldn't last year's males have a full gorget by now? Isn't it too early for this to be one of this year's brood?
  4. I'll back @akandula. I've seen plenty of off-season Pied-Billeds with dark bills. Here are two, one each way, and a juvie for the heck of it. All from Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta GA, although not from the same date.
  5. All are American Goldfinches, but I won't guess at the sexes.
  6. I'm with Connor. Long plank-like wings, wedge tail.
  7. I'll back up Connor on both of these. Indigos have narrower bills. The last photo clearly shows the white-around-black face markings of a Chat. Both photos show the defined break on the breast between yellow and white.
  8. I always get those confused with Canadian Geese.
  9. Fill them halfway, cover the rest and put it in the fridge. If you've always had to pour it out every year, consider smaller feeders. Wild Birds Unlimited offers one that holds only a couple of ounces.
  10. I didn't want to lecture or preach, so I'm glad you already figured that out. Generic seed mixes are mostly stuff backyard birds won't eat. Those round reddish-purple seeds are milo. It's cheap, which is why the manufacturers put it in generic mixes. Most of the birds that eat it are game birds you're not likely to have in your yard - turkeys, pheasants, grouse, etc. (No, using won't attract game birds if they're not already in the area.) Your doves will eat it, but they'll eat anything. Ya know who else really likes it? SQUIRRELS. Basically you're spending a relatively small amount of money to have the birds you lwant toss food out for the doves and the 'tree rats'. The other round bits are millet. It's popular with some of the birds you're likely wanting to see - cardinals, juncos, chickadees, etc. However, it's usually a secondary ingredient in generic mixes and you pay for a lot of milo to get it. Birds that eat millet will also eat other things, such as ... Black oil sunflower seed ('BOSS' to us feeder freaks) cost more but almost everything eats it (including the birds that eat milo and millet), so your money isn't being thrown away. If you want to get fancier, there are mixes with nuts and fruit bits. With any mix, check the label. If milo and millet are the first ingredients, put it back on the shelf and spend your money on something the birds in your yard will actually eat.
  11. You might be surprised at the spaces some species will jam themselves into. Most birds don't like a lot of space; it's just more area they have to keep warm and dry when incubating. Many will nest in the smallest area possible, to the point where the parents often don't fit once the nestlings have reached even a few days of age.
  12. Tough for me to say but my experience with the songbirds in my own yard is that most of them will try for second and even third brood regardless of the success of the first. They may not always revisit the same nest location, but even that doesn't always depend on the first brood's success.
  13. I'll second akandula for the reasons mentioned.
  14. I agree with Northern Rough-winged Swallow. I think the white eyebrow is just the sun reflecting off the feathers. July would probably be good for newly fledged birds with new feathers that haven't lost much gloss yet.
  15. More like the dove and woodpecker are too big to land on your seed feeder. I can't tell what's in the green feeder but the round one looks like it doesn't contain anything flickers normally eat.
  16. If you're pouring it out, don't fill them as much. Maybe fill only one or two, with just a few ounces each.
  17. I see a dark bill, a head that looks dark green over rusty, mostly whitish underneath, dark trailing side of the wings. Green-winged Teal? The neck and breast look too dark but I'm attributing that to shadow. Check the fifth photo: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Green-winged_Teal/id But I don't like that diagnosis very much. The bill looks too heavy.
  18. @Inastrangeland / Mike, I gotta ask. Your first name isn't Valentine, is it?
  19. Well, don't go thanking me until we get some other opinions. I'm apparently the only one up this morning, so definitely wait until others weigh in. Banks have a more notched tail but as I noted, that's tough to make out at this picture's granularity. It's much easier if you can see the breast. Banks have a darker brown 'vest' than NRWS, and more of a whitish collar going partway up the neck. Both are expected in Ontario, eh.
  20. I see only brown and white, which I think narrows it down to Bank or Northern Rough-winged. I don't think there's enough notch in the tail for a Bank Swallow, so Northern Rough-winged is what's left. Regardless of species, I -think- the white is the separation between primaries and secondaries, with the inner edge of the primary showing. There's a definite notch in the trailing edge of the right wing at that point. If it were later in the year I might guess molting.
  21. Turkeys usually fly up to roost at night, to avoid predators. The young will start as soon as they are able.
  22. I agree with the others that your bird is a male Mallard. FYI, hybrids are birds that are a cross between two different species. This is very common with ducks in areas where they overlap, although they aren't the only birds that 'cross-breed'. In conversation, hybrids are indicated by an 'X' between the suspected species names, like 'Mallard x Mottled Duck'. You may also see the term 'Domestic'. This indicates the bird comes from a lineage has been domesticated and bred for specific genetic traits. This is common with ducks, chickens, pigeons. Just as wolves have been bred by humans over millennia into Great Danes and Dachshunds, many birds have been bred for agricultural, sporting, or exhibition purposes.
  23. I'll second that. White-throated Sparrows also have some yellow, but they have stronger black head markings, thinner malar markings, and the white on the throat is more like a bib.
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