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The Bird Nuts

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  1. 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.
  2. I agree with Lesser due to the greener color and striped back.
  3. It's a House Finch. Purple Finches are more of a reddish-pink color and they have reddish wingbars.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Charlie Spencer is correct, you saw Cedar Waxwings. Birds (and anything else!) can look much different in different lighting.
  9. I think I got 15 or 16...didn't keep track very well.
  10. American Tree Sparrow by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
  11. Looks more like a Yellow-rumped Warbler to me - https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/58344871. The camera has greatly distorted the colors and contrast (which I know trails cams do because I have two of them). It's definitely not a Black-and-white with that back and head pattern.
  12. Red-breasted Nuthatch is correct. Some, mainly the females, are paler than others. All birds can look plumper depending on how they hold their feathers (and how much they eat too, I guess!).
  13. Definitely not Cooper's or Sharp-shinned. But why aren't these (faded?) young Red-shouldereds? The breast patterns seem rather dense and isn't that the translucent part of the primaries I see in the third photo? Are Broad-wings already back in the U.S.?
  14. All raptors have hooked beaks. Eagles just have larger, more prominent beaks. EDIT: Wow, hbvol50 responded at the same time with almost the same words!
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