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  1. Wrentits are larger than Bushtits. Also, Bushtits often call to each other while foraging (called "contact calls") while Wrentits generally don't. Bushtits also tend to flock in large numbers, although sometimes there are just one or two. Wrentits are almost always solitary or else a pair. There is almost no mistaking these two species for each other in the field because their size, behavior, and calls are so different from each other.
  2. Almost certainly Hooded, especially if the male was spotted. They seem to often travel in pairs. Bullock's would also have more distinct wing bars and Hooded is more yellow underneath like this bird.
  3. If it was a Spotted Towhee it would be doing something like this and the part I circled is the wing?
  4. Rats come to eat fallen seed and then I guess they need to nest SOMEWHERE. I mean, there is some truth to it, but it isn't my fault her attic isn't properly sealed and it's not like we're suddenly not going to have rats if I stop feeding the birds because of how many people have fruit trees around here. My dad used to sit in his backyard and shoot the squirrels because they ate all his fruit even as the neighbor was feeding them. Anyway, perhaps there is something like that going on here. That's why I asked. If this person ISN'T feeding the birds then to me it's a little mo
  5. Where do you see that the head of the bird is and what do you think the part I circled is?
  6. Or even a female black-headed grosbeak. Spotted towhee is a good guess, too, but the head would be black. So where is the head? LOL!
  7. Maybe you can circle the head of the bird. I can't even tell what I'm looking at or what way it is facing.. The part I circled looks like a head, but it could also be wings. If the circled part is the head and it has those white stripes on it then maybe a red-breasted nuthatch.
  8. Some people don’t like it. I feed birds and I know my neighbor has complained about it because she thinks it is attracting rats into her attic. If this person feeds birds that may be a reaction to that.
  9. I think we all have certain expectations about what a bird is "supposed" to do. Twice now I have seen large Cooper's Hawks (almost certainly females) prey on adult rats in my yard. But wait, isn't that an accipiter? I have also seen Scrub Jays (aka Jay The Ripper) attack and kill smaller ADULT birds (not just nestlings). It was pretty horrifying the first time I saw it, because they generally tolerate each other. That said, I think behavior is important as long as we acknowledge that Buteos do hunt birds and Accipiters do go after other prey occasionally.
  10. If I saw this bird in the field I'd immediately lean Cooper's Hawk based on behavior. However, I've seen Red-Tailed Hawks hanging out at feeders trying to catch doves so behavior isn't the end-all. It is too large to be a Sharpie and I'd rule that out right away. The fence gives a good frame of reference. Again, that says Cooper's. Eye color could be a differentiator. Adult Cooper's have red eyes. Adult Red-Shouldered have brown eyes. Can't tell from this photo and immatures might have the same color eyes anyway, but if it had red eyes that would rule out Red-Shouldered. I would
  11. Agree. Seems like a late spring. Not just in terms of bird migration but also plant life. I am fine with that after the scorching hot summers filled with fire the last few years here in California.
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