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The Bird Nuts

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  1. Song seconded. Female Bobolinks (which is a species of blackbird) are much yellower overall with a shorter tail, only a few streaks on the flanks, and they're usually seen in a different habitat (field, grasslands, etc.). Lincoln's Sparrows have very thin streaking over a buffy wash on the breast and flanks, cleaner streaking on the back, and a blue-gray supercilium. Savannah Sparrows are more of a tan color with brown cheeks, shorter tails, thinner pink beaks, and they normally have cleaner breast streaking.
  2. Agree with House Finch. Male Purples also have raspberry-tinted backs and wingbars.
  3. Yeah, I think Merlin is a good guess. The wings seem long which is good for a falcon, and as Metaquatic pointed out, the breast pattern and head shape both fit Merlin.
  4. Agree with Pine. Also, both Blackpolls and Bay-breasted have streaked backs.
  5. Yes, Redhead. Appears to be a pair. Was this in Illinois? Just making sure.
  6. I'm very rusty with my warbler songs right now, but I agree that it sounds like the American Redstart's "sneeze" song.
  7. How about leucistic Common Grackle? https://www.google.com/search?q=leucistic+common+grackle&client=firefox-b-1-d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUjcSCq8bhAhWnT98KHV9HCS4Q_AUIDigB&biw=1600&bih=770
  8. The lores are between the beak and the eye. I'm pretty sure they're called supralorals, which I'm assuming means the areas just above the lores.
  9. Yes, Cedar Waxwing due to the yellow belly and pale undertail coverts.
  10. I agree with Black-crowned Night-Heron.
  11. Savannah Sparrow (pink beak, yellow supraloral, tan cheek).
  12. Another for (adult) Cooper's Hawk. The contrast in the photo is causing the appearance of a very dark tail. Sibley says, "Adult Cooper's Hawk ... in breeding season often fly with white undertail coverts conspicuously flared."
  13. @Nivalis White-crowned Sparrows are not sexually dimorphic. That is a White-crowned Sparrow in immature plumage.
  14. This is an adult Broad-winged Hawk. The tail is much too short for any Accipiter. A Red-shouldered would be less compact and would have a slightly longer tail with thinner bands, contrasting barring on the flight feathers, and a lighter, more orange/red color overall.
  15. I'd go with House Sparrow for both due to the back pattern and beak shape.
  16. Light morph Rough-legged Hawk (dark back, small pale head, dark eyeline).
  17. I agree with Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, and Eastern Kingbird.
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