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Everything posted by Aveschapines

  1. He's back at it today, but now he's "airing out" his left side. But it's not as persistent - he's just holding this pose for a minute or so, then resuming normal pose. He looks better groomed and breathing appears normal. Still shows some white feathers sticking out on the right shoulder. Hopefully whatever it is, it's getting better!
  2. Yeah, that was one of my first thoughts; but why would that cause labored breathing? Unless it was just a lot of work getting rid of them.
  3. Oh, I didn't think of that! That could be it. They do fight a lot! That could explain everything I observed, including the heavy breathing. Maybe he was bleeding and cleaning it up?
  4. This male Rivoli's was behaving very strangely this morning. He kept perching in the position shown in the first two photos, then occasionally spent a few seconds vigorously grooming/scratching (both with beak and foot) his right flank area, up to the neck. Then he'd go back to holding out the right side of his tail and his right wing either extended or held down in front of his body. He was also looking scruffy and appeared to be having trouble breathing - his whole body was heaving with each breath; normally I can't see the movement when they breathe. (I wondered if he had lost his sense of taste and smell...) He did visit the feeder often and didn't appear to have any trouble drinking. Eventually he settled down but still appeared to be breathing heavily and looking ungroomed (despite all the grooming he had done). There are some odd looking white feathers near his shoulder (they show on all of the photos and I saw them clearly in person too). The area he was grooming/scratching also looked messy, but maybe just from all the scratching? So, do you think he's sick? Did he have a flea or some other critter bothering him? Something stuck in his feathers? Pin feathers making him itchy? He seems to be back to normal now so I hope whatever it was he was able to fix it!
  5. AH OK! That makes much more sense. I re-read the post carefully and I think you're right!
  6. Are you sure? That's a pretty big egg, bigger than a chicken egg, even if you measure the long way ("diameter" of the oval if you look at the egg from the side instead of end to end). I just took a tape measure to the eggs in my kitchen and they're about 2 1/2" long.
  7. Merlin can be a helpful tool, but I would never consider it to give the definitive ID. It can give you some options to look for, but I think it's far from the accuracy of knowledgeable human observers, and careful IDs using field guides. I use Merlin to check photos and characteristics, and especially sounds; I have never used it to make and ID, and as I said if I did I'd verify with other methods before acccepting the ID.
  8. Definitely a bird, and my thought was also Eastern Kingbird.
  9. Welcome to WhatBird @Bob Smith! Thank you for being respectful about posting photos of a deceased bird. I love cuckoos. I get occasional Yellow-Billed moving through at migration time (I'm in Guatemala) and Mangrove in November and December. They love to hide out in cherry trees and pig out on caterpillars! The bluebirds also eat them. They're a bit secretive so not always easy to see.
  10. If you're thinking of trying to raise the chick yourself, you should be aware that it's not legal to do that in the US unless you have a license. Please read the article at the top of this page (What to do if you find a baby bird) for more information. All songbirds need warmth and food, as well as some hygiene/cleaning, but the don't all eat the same food, and it's far from easy for a human to provide that food. We can't eat live insects, birdseed, small animals, etc. and then regurgitate it into a baby bird's mouth every few minutes from dawn to dusk. If the egg came from a nest, please return it to the nest so the parents can give it the proper care. If that's not possible, you need to contact a licensed rehabber for help.
  11. I can usually make 2 liters plus anything I drink with meals, last at least half the day, if it's not too hot. For Christmas bird counts in the jungle in Petén I take at least four liters of water plus any drinks that go with meals. But I refill my hydration pouch at any opportunity! Once I got seriously dehydratd on a Big Day and it was not fun. But I always drink a lot of water, even just hanging out at home.
  12. Just to complicate things, and agreeing that a firm ID probably isn't possible here, my impression is Black on the left and Turkey on the right, based mostly on apparent tail shape - although the angle could be making the tail on the left look shorter, it seems wide. Also wing shape and position seem like Black to me. Right-hand bird looks to have a longer, narrower tail, and wings look a little more pointy. Seems like rightie might be flapping wings based on the first two pictures. Size comparison isn't helpful because we have no idea how far away either bird is. So a fun puzzle but I'm climbing down the hill because I want to live too.
  13. They look so silly without their tails!
  14. Certainly an encounter with a predator or some kind of accident are possibilities. Also I don't know anything about Magpie molting habits, but here the Great-Tailed Grackles all shed their tails right after they are finished breeding for the year, in September, and wander around for a few weeks looking like ridiculous black chickens. But I'd guess (assuming you're in the Northern Hemisphere) that it would be early in the year for a fall molt. A recently fledged young bird is also a possibility, although I'd expect them to have a short tail, not no tail at all. Passerine birds are the same size as adults, often a little bit bigger because they've been well-fed by parents, when they leave the nest, so the size doesn't rule out a young bird whose tail hasn't grown in completely yet. In fact, for many species, the short tail is one sign of a juvenile bird. Welcome to WhatBird!
  15. Welcome to WhatBird! As you an see this thread is over a year and a half old, so I don't think the original poster will be coming back with more information at this point.
  16. It looks to me like maybe a weed or soft cutting from a plant in its beak; maybe it was stuck in the bird's feathers and he pulled it out?
  17. I was researching something else and found this short article about removing cowbird eggs from nests (brief summary: Don't!).
  18. I was expecting a question about whether a damaged primintive hunting device can still be used LOL!
  19. Well, there are some hummers with beaks that short, but they are needle-shaped, not as thick as this one. And I don't think any of them occur in the US.
  20. That fine eye line is something else I look for in Tennessee Warblers.
  21. That's a female (or juvenile?) American Redstart. That color pattern on the tail is distinctive.
  22. You don't need to come back to the thread if you don't want to, although as mentioned above you may get a few more confirmations, and also possibly some helpful ID tips. But you can go to the top of the thread (right-hand side) and click where it says "following" to unfollow; that way you won't get any notifications of replies.
  23. Yep, that's hot here too. Thank goodness it only lasts for a few hours in the middle of the day! Living in the mountains spoils you 😄
  24. OH MY! We complain here when it gets to the low 80s, and it's never hotter than that. 70 or below is great for me - during the day. Nighttime is cool or cold most of the year! This time of year it's warm at night; I only have 2 blankets on my bed, instead of the 5 or 6 I use when it's cold. (Cold being in the high 20s at night, sometimes a bit lower; record low is 19°F. But the houses are unheated.) When it rains things cool off too!
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