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The Bird Nuts

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  1. I agree with blackburnian's IDs. No, look at the tail length. The beak on the grackle is thicker as well. EDIT: blackburnian beat me!
  2. It's a House Sparrow with the tan color overall, large beak, and subtle facial pattern. They are "Old World Sparrows" also known as "True Sparrows", so they look a bit different than our "New World Sparrows".
  3. 1-2. Blackpoll Warblers (orange toes) 3-4. Philadelphia Vireo 5. Cape May Warbler 6. Prairie Warbler, I think
  4. I believe it's from a Downy Woodpecker. https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/feather.php?Bird=DOWO_wing_adult Just so you know, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits the possession of native bird feathers without a permit. https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/featherlaw.html
  5. Looks good for a Willow/Alder. The medium primary projection, thin eyering, and larger bill rules out Least. If it sounded like an Alder then it was an Alder.
  6. Not an Olive-sided or a Phoebe. Olive-sideds are much darker on top with no eyerings, weaker wingbars, more dark streaking on the flanks, and large heads and beaks. Also, they are almost always found perched on the tops of tall trees. Eastern Phoebes also lack the prominent eyerings and wingbars and are browner and darker above. I'm leaning Traill's (Willow/Alder) here.
  7. That is a Killdeer, a type of plover. It is common for them to nest in places like this (like gravel driveways). That was so nice of them to put up signs!
  8. Lot 1 in Parker River NWR is where I saw my first Saltmarsh Sparrow. And we also got a Least Bittern at Hellcat. Not that I really know a lot about Moose Bog, but I wouldn't count on seeing a Boreal Chickadee there. I think they are the least likely of the "Boreal Grand Slam" to be seen there.
  9. Your description sounds fine for a Merlin. Did the wings come to a sharp point? Have you seen it perched?
  10. Funny you ask. We ended up turning around on 105 because we accidentally drove right past the road the trailhead is on (South America Pond Rd.). It's not the easiest to find, but it's not really difficult either.
  11. No, sorry, we've never been to Brighton SP. We don't camp either, so I can't help you there.
  12. 1-2, 5. Marsh Wrens 3. Brown-headed Cowbird 4. Song Sparrow
  13. Welcome to Whatbird! Yes, that is an Eastern Phoebe which is a species of flycatcher.
  14. I've never actually hand-fed a Canada Jay, but I believe they like peanuts (roasted and unsalted). They might also like sunflower seeds, but we only brought BOSS to Moose Bog and the Canada Jay didn't seem interested (I think it was scared of all the people, though). RB Nuthatches and BC Chickadees loved them, though. I heard that you can attract Canada Jays by simply crinkling plastic bags.
  15. It is an American Redstart, but it's hard to tell if it's a female or young male.
  16. To add to the fun at Moose Bog you can bring some food for the birds (food that is safe for birds, of course!) -- the Canada Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, and Red-breasted Nuthatches can all be hand-fed there.
  17. If you want to see some boreal birds, Moose Bog (Wenlock Wildlife Management Area) and the surrounding WMAs in northeastern Vermont are probably the closest places to MA to find them. I don't know how far you are willing to travel or if you've been there before, but I thought I'd suggest it anyway. I don't travel outside of Vermont very often, so I don't know much about the other states you are planning on visiting.
  18. I also agree with Eastern Phoebe. Their behavior is pretty unique. Their classic EAPH tail wag is very helpful when all you see is a flycatcher-shaped silhouette!
  19. Baltimore Oriole songs vary from individual to individual. I'm not sure they have any "default" songs.
  20. The hawk is a Cooper's with the very thin breast streaking and wide tail bands. I agree with American Goldfinch for the first bird.
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