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  1. Female wigeon - "Who is this pushy guy and what is he doing? He is starting to freak me out!" Male wigeon - "I don't know! Just keep swimming and ignore him. Maybe he will get the hint and go away."
  2. I thought I might have a calling as an "owl whisperer". But apparently owls find my conversations boring: Great Horned Owl Burrowing Owl Here are some I didn't try to talk to: Burrowing Owls Barred Owl By the way, if you want to get great views of Burrowing Owls, go to Cape Coral, FL. They nest all over the place (within the city limits). Very easy to spot because the locals put up perches for them and there are signs marking the burrows (to protect them).
  3. Per BOW for Pine Siskin: "Bill of juveniles pinkish buff. In adults, upper mandible dusky, dusky or brownish- black and lower mandible whitish or bluish at base with brownish-black tip". Per BOW for Common Redpoll: "Bill of juvenile at first wholly dark, showing yellow after Aug molt." All dark bill in July seems better for young Common Redpoll.
  4. The pale ssp (extimus) is found in the lower third of FL. If the darker one you saw was further north in FL, then it would likely be ssp alleni. I believe extimus is pale year round. Here is a pic I took in the Everglades in Feb 2020. Pale, even in Feb.
  5. I have a Gray Catbird that regularly eats jelly. My wife and I call it Jellybird.
  6. I like Summer too. According to BOW, Summer Tanager "has narrow, yet usually conspicuous, yellowish edging on wing coverts". Scarlet Tanager "lacks contrasting edges on wing coverts". Pics on Macaulay show it pretty clearly. Two examples: summer scarlett
  7. My first reaction was that Connor is usually not so judgmental about birds. But then I thought... "Well, after all, he's right. It is just a Laughing Gull". 😉
  8. I would agree. From birdsoftheworld: Caspian bill - "dull orange-yellow to orange-red in juvenile stage, tip extensively shaded horn-black". Most/all pics of young Caspians on Macaulay show a more complete cap. In addition, also from BOW - "Royal Tern also has prominent, shaggy crest, while Caspian has only slight indication of crest."
  9. And dried mealworms. However, since virtually all of the other birds that some to my mealworms are bigger, the wrens need to go ninja to get their share.
  10. That's interesting. Carolina Wrens are among my favorite back yard regulars, so I thought I'd do come reading... From birdsoftheworld: "Northward movement has been attributed to several factors. Although the decimation of populations by severe winter conditions is well known (Bystrak 1979, Dinsmore et al. 1984, Robbins et al. 1986a, Veit and Petersen 1993, Smith 2008; see Demography and Populations: population regulation), severe winters have apparently been infrequent enough during the 20th century to allow populations to expand and move northward (Andrle and Carroll 1998). In addition, reforestation of eastern forests may have provided more suitable habitat (Greenberg and Reaser 1995). Further, individuals frequently inhabit urban areas where feeding stations have become common, supplementing natural foods, especially in winter (Andrle and Carroll 1998, Bohlen 1989, Job and Bednekoff 2011)."
  11. Charlie, did you account for the tail extending below the feet (behind the fence)? Guesstimating how far down the tail extends, I'm measuring 14-15" (much better for Cooper's).
  12. Darn good question. I don't see any hint of a white stripe on its side. I don't see a stripe on the adult either, although it could be hidden. /Edit: Gray color looks better for Common, but since the pic is so dark, I'm not sure.
  13. According to birdsoftheworld Forster's "molt occurs Jan–Apr but mainly Feb–Mar". I would think by Apr 24 it would be in breeding plumage so the dark cap makes sense. Bill's are "orange to orange-red at base with black tip". But in Macaulay's the base on some can be pretty dark. One example: link to Macaulay pic I'm wondering if your bird is simply too far away to see the orange in its bill?
  14. My regular pair seems to be stuck on 5. Last year, they had two sets of 5 eggs. One egg did not hatch, but they fledged and raised 9 youngsters. This year, they got started about two weeks earlier (I am 95% sure it is the same breeding pair). Their first brood for this year was... you guessed it... 5! They fledged on May 2. All 5 are doing well. Here they are on May 10. Mom is already taking nesting material to the box. Funny you should mention that. Mine do the exact same thing.
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