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  1. That's just something carries over from high school biology 😄 I've been taking photos of birds in my yard on and off since last September, but only got serious about identifying them and studying them in the last week of May when a Yellow Warbler showed up and I realized it wasn't an American Goldfinch!!
  2. Brilliant! I should very much like to try this at my birdbath!
  3. Ah! Good point. I suppose I was thinking something more like House Sparrows or Red-winged Blackbirds. I'm such a newbie! 😁
  4. Fascinating! On closer inspection, I can see what you are suggesting. These little birds seems to be a lot more complex to ID than they seem on a first glance! I really appreciate the breakdown and examples on how you are doing your ID work -- it gives me a better way to approach my own ID'ing. For some reason I thought the kinglet was sexually dimorphic...! I stand corrected, as this is an obvious mistake. Thank you for these clarifications! I mentioned it in the original post that I couldn't tell if the outer white feathers were spotted, and I was worried it was wishful thinking those were spots on the image! Downy Woodpecker is one of my favorite birds, and one I have never caught a picture of before. 😊 You guys have no idea how much I am thankful for the explanations, and how much more I am getting into birds as you all share your knowledge. Thank you!!
  5. What an amazing idea!!! How did you attach it? Is that a gorilla pod you are using with it?
  6. Beautiful pictures! I would have to say after seeing the second photo, I think I am incorrect in guessing it was immature. The head is pure black with no speckles, so I think this is a breeding adult European Starling.
  7. Thank you so much, that makes a lot of sense!
  8. Seconded. It looks like it might be immature with that much brown on the wings and tail.
  9. So definitely not a Grey-cheeked? Still pretty uncertain how to tell the two apart, especially since Swainson's can be olive, which looks a bit closer to the ID pictures for Grey-cheeked.
  10. Thank you! I wasn't sure about Willow Flycatcher, but that was a bit out of my range.
  11. It seems to be missing the hint of yellow on the beak, so I am not sure. Photo taken in southern Alberta, 1st week of June.
  12. Once again, looking to verify a thrush ID... Swainson's? Photos taken in southern Alberta, 1st week of June.
  13. I would almost say female Calliope, but I would wait for some other opinions. Edit: Could also be a young male.
  14. @Charlie Spencer Excellent points and I am now definitely going to get a new guide. Thank you!!
  15. I appreciate all the input! So I will mark down the first visitor (end of May) as a Grey-Cheeked Thrush, and the next visitor (first week of June) as a Swainson's Thrush. I have a picture of one other thrush that I will start a new thread for, but based on this discussion, I am feeling like it is a Swainson's.
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