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  1. The old forum had a section for IDing other critters, I understand why it wasn't re-created, but is there anyone who can point me towards a good resource for tadpole identification for frogs in NY state? I tried google, but the results weren't for this area of the country. I have tadpoles in my rain barrels and I'm trying to figure out what they are.
  2. completely missed them fledging, one day they were there, then two days later, when I could next check, they weren't! Oh well.
  3. We had a massively wet spring, which made it impossible to deal with the weeds in many corners of our property. I've been slowly working around the yard, knocking down the weeds and baby trees that sprung up "overnight". There have been two other spots where I left things alone after spotting a nest, but I missed this one till to late. Any idea who's nest this is? The egg is pale blue with brown spots, which I vaguely recall being Cowbird. I looked for any eggs which might have rolled out of the nest when it tipped, but didn't see any. Upstate NY, picture taken today.
  4. I've had House Wrens in my Bluebird boxes before, but they're very hard to watch closely there due to how they stuff the box with sticks. This year I have House Wrens nesting in a cavity (I think that a Downy actually made the cavity, but we haven't seen it back since the Wrens claimed it) in a mostly dead tree on our property. And to top it off, the hole is barely 4ft off the ground! Today I spotted one of the parents bringing a bug into the hole, so I waited till the parent had left and was able to snap this photo with my cell phone. Not sure if I'll be able to get a photo with my good camera or not, its a weird angle, but I'm hoping to catch them fledging at least!
  5. I'm only filling my one big feeder once a week with BOS, and they're generally clearing it in a matter of a couple days (it holds about 5 lbs). I've got Grosbeaks, grackles, Titmice, Chickadees, both White Breasted and Red Breasted Nuthatches, various woodpeckers, House and Purple and Gold Finches, and probly more I'm forgetting right now.
  6. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker raiding the Oriole's oranges
  7. I haven't seen it perched yet. Just swooping through trying to snatch lunch. I think the wings were pointy. But it moves pretty darn fast!
  8. Hm, maybe, but I don't think the light banding on the tail matches. Sharpies, to me, always look like a lighter tail with dark banding (the darker lines are narrower than the light). While on this bird the white banding was narrower than the dark. I got a good look at the flared tail from the back of the bird this morning. But that gives me something else to look for next time I see it.
  9. One of the smaller birds of prey has taken to hunting birds in my yard. I haven't managed to catch a picture of it yet, but got a better look at it today. It's not significantly larger than a Robin, has brown streaking on the belly/chest, and has distinct white banding on the tail. The back is dark, though I'm not sure dark brown vs dark blue. I'm leaning towards Merlin, I'm given to understand that Kestrels don't generally hunt birds, and the white barred tail doesn't match Kestrels. Is there something else I should be looking at? I'm in Upstate NY.
  10. I haven't seen a HOSP on or at the box since I put up the spooker after something killed the first set of eggs this year. I can't rule it out, I've had HOSP ignore the spooker in previous years.
  11. Never mind. There is nothing in the nest today. No egg, no baby. Nothing. I guess I'm done for the season.
  12. I didn't see any movement, but oh gosh oh golly, please tell me that this means its hatching?! I feel like the proverbial mother cat with one kitten.....
  13. Hm, the white on the sides was throwing me off I guess. Blah, I was hoping not HOSP. Oh well.
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