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rpbw

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  1. Thank you, IKLland and Peromycus, for adding your expertise!
  2. Thank you, MWM, meghann, and Charlie Spencer. You, and many others, make Whatbird such a terrific resource!
  3. While photographing the spring warblers in the backyard this afternoon, April 20, this bird landed on a branch in the wooded area just beyond the back fence. He stayed several minutes before flying off. I have several water sources and feeders in the yard. I am in Kendall County, Texas, northwest of San Antonio. Until a couple days ago we had been without much rain for months and I have been seeing a number of migrating warblers return over multiple days to drink and bathe. I think it might be a Northern or Louisiana Waterthrush but I'm not even sure they get to this area. The light in the woods wasn't bright so I did remove some noise from the photos.
  4. Definitely in over my head now, I’ll let you pro’s take it from here. Thank you for taking an interest!
  5. Thank-you Kevin! I never considered Tanagers until Michael Long's reply but yes, it must be a female Western Tanager. Thank you both for straightening me out!
  6. So glad you think the sapsucker is a Red-naped one since evidently those are much less common here. I hadn't thought about the other being a Summer Tanager! The female Summer Tanagers in my area do not have such contrasting wing feathers, but are an all-over greenish-yellow.
  7. Finally got out of town (San Antonio area) to see some new birds (for me) in Guadalupe Mountains National Park over Columbus Day weekend.. It was hot, sunny, and windy, but the birds were plentiful. I am still trying to figure out a few of them, including a Sapsucker, and another bird that I think might be a female Oriole, but I can't figure out which one. The beak seems different than that of Orioles in the guides. This particular bird feasted on berries and didn't seem to mind me snapping away from only about 12 feet. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in the Trans-Pecos area of Texas, just south of the Texas-New Mexico border. The photos were taken on 10-11 October. I appreciate anyone's help.
  8. I am further south and west (northwest of San Antonio) than you are and I don't have a lot of hummingbirds at this time. The Ruby-throateds only stayed a couple of days during their migration, which was disappointing, and it's just the Black-chinneds now. There are a couple of females who are regular feeders but the male who dominates one or both of the feeders runs everyone else off most of the time! I expect the Ruby-throateds to return in August and those males usually win the feeder wars. Your question is an interesting one and I might ask a couple of neighbors with hummingbird feeders what they have been seeing.
  9. Thank you Conner, Charlie, and Jefferson! I just got lucky when the bird moved in front of the leaves for a couple moments. The insect was a bonus.
  10. Observed this bird while photographing the migrating and summer birds in my back garden around 2:30 PM on May 16, 2020. It remained in the trees that border the small wooded area beyond my back fence for about 5 minutes, quickly moving among the leaves. Location is in Kendall County, Texas, in the southeastern part of the Edward's Plateau. I guessed it to be about 5 inches long. I also saw what looked like the same bird on the 14th late in the afternoon. The eye ring made me think it was a vireo, maybe a Blue-headed, but I've never actually seen a vireo before. I would love to know what it is. Thanks!
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