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The Bird Nuts

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  1. I believe Phalarope713 was asking if it could be a Chihuahuan Raven.
  2. 1. Yes, House Finches 2. Looks good for a Bushtit to me 3. Lesser Goldfinch
  3. Imagine showing up to a bird walk in that. 😄 It doesn't look like you can look up very easily...
  4. I agree with Eastern Phoebe. The "band" on the tail is a shadow.
  5. I don't think it's automatic; there are "hotspot editors" (there two in my state) and I assume they're the ones who make those decisions.
  6. The first bird is a Common Goldeneye. I'm assuming the others are COGOs as well.
  7. I think it looks better for a Swainson's Thrush due to more tan brown color and the buffy spectacles.
  8. Agreed, adult and juvenile Cooper's Hawks. Cooper's can be told apart from the very similar Sharp-shinned Hawk by the large, flat-topped, blocky head with small eyes toward the front, the thicker feet, the more elongated body, the light gray nape on the adults, and the thinner breast streaking on the juveniles.
  9. I agree with Lesser due to the greener color and striped back.
  10. It's a House Finch. Purple Finches are more of a reddish-pink color and they have reddish wingbars.
  11. That is indeed a Song Sparrow. I'm not sure if it has to due with age or nonbreeding plumage or what, but some can show a little buff color in the malar area like that. A Lincoln's would have a contrasting blue-gray supercilium and neck and thinner, crisper streaking on buffy flanks and breast.
  12. Hard to tell, but I vote Cooper's due to the flat-topped head with the eyes toward the front, and the relatively clean and thin streaking on the breast.
  13. That is an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk with the small, rounded head, large eyes, extensive dark cap (goes over eyes and onto nape area), thin toes, and broad-shouldered appearance. EDIT: I was too slow!
  14. That is a male House Sparrow. Note the large, rounded bill, the black bib and mask, the gray crown, and the unstreaked underparts. The House Sparrow is a non-native and invasive species in the U.S. and is not related to our "New World" sparrows.
  15. Charlie Spencer is correct, you saw Cedar Waxwings. Birds (and anything else!) can look much different in different lighting.
  16. I think I got 15 or 16...didn't keep track very well.
  17. American Tree Sparrow by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
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