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The Bird Nuts

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  1. Swamp Sparrow. Note the orangey wings, gray neck, and buff flanks with minimal streaking.
  2. Red-shouldered Hawk. Note the black (or dark brown in this case) and white barring on the secondaries and tail, and the dark eyes. Red-taileds have shorter tails and lack the bold tail and wing patterns. Cooper's have longer tails with wider gray or brown bands, yellow to red eyes, and they also lack the bold wing pattern. Edit: AlexHenry's correct. Took me a while to type this!
  3. I don't think they meant Prairie Falcon. I believe they're talking about the Prairie subspecies of Merlin.
  4. I agree with akandula, this is a young Red-shouldered.
  5. House Sparrow. Note the large, rounded beak with yellow on it, the overall beige color, and the minimal head/face pattern.
  6. This bird is in nonbreeding plumage, so that's why it looks different.
  7. It looks like the building is on fire!
  8. Agreed, Song Sparrow. Swamps have redder wings.
  9. I'm afraid that is a decoy Great Horned Owl (the kind used to scare away other birds and animals). Looks like the one I had in my garden. Some have moving heads.
  10. That is a young Cooper's Hawk. The bulky body, large, blocky head, relatively small eyes placed close to the front of the head, and thin streaks on its breast and belly help differentiate them from the very similar Sharp-shinned Hawk.
  11. Tail is not long enough for a Mocker and it appears brown on top with streaking on the breast. It looks more like a sparrow to me.
  12. The second bird is a Fox Sparrow and the last is a Pine Siskin.
  13. Canada Warblers have white undertail coverts, so I don't think it's that. Do you know if it had wingbars? I can't really tell from these photos.
  14. Looks like completely normal color for feather loss to me. As I said, the downy parts can look blue in certain lighting. Look up other photos of birds molting (like Song Sparrows and cardinals).
  15. You sure did! Common, Red-breasted, then Hooded.
  16. Yes, that is a male House Finch. The blue is likely the downy parts of the feathers showing, which are usually hidden and are gray, but can look blue in some lighting. Maybe it got wet or lost some feathers.
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