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  1. S.WI 9/17 6pm, country

    I have NO idea what is going on with SO many photos! Grrrrr  There should be THREE photos- a warbler, an unknown facing you, and a flycatcher. I'm not deleting this, if you can figure it out, kudos!

    Is the first an American Goldfinch maybe?

    The second one was just a silhouette in the original so it doesn't really have a bill after raising exposure a lot.

    And the last one a Least flycatcher?

    Thank you for any help ?




  2. S. WI 8/14, 4pm.

    I would like to mention first that this yellow oriole turned orange once I downloaded it to my laptop so even if it is a Baltimore it was a very yellow bird, which is why I’m here. I have seen yellow male Baltimores so I would imagine there are yellow females also?

    With that said, if the bird is a Baltimore can you please tell me what characteristics make it that and not an Orchard? I'm here to learn! ☺️

    ALSO, in the last two photos of the pair of Baltimores, I was wondering if the bird on the right could positively be identified as a female or is it the wrong time of year for that?

    Any info is helpful, thanks so much! 

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  3. 17 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Oh, and cowbirds aren't finches; they're icteridae, like orioles, blackbirds, and grackles.

    Haha, I was actually joking about the cowbird finch ?. I wasn't sure between purple and house finch, but then Merlin identified it as a brown-headed cowbird which really confused me so I thought I'd throw in the combination for laughs ?. Thank you!

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  4. S. WI 8/4. I was wondering if you could tell what oriole it is in the first three photos? The second photo is not in focus (not the bird anyway!), and it's too bad because that's the only one that shows the wing bars ?. There is another bird near the oriole- a house sparrow?

    The last photo looks like a cowbird finch to me ?. ?

    This was 3-4 pm.

    Thank you!





  5. I googled “molting great-tailed grackle”, and that is absolutely what the scrawny bird is. I found pics that looked just like my bird including the two or three scrappy tail feathers. So thanks for that!
    Also, I singled out, cropped closer, and lightly edited the kingbirds that are in the photo of two birds. I doubt it will be much more helpful in identifying, but mostly I want to see if the photos lose much quality once I upload them here because at this point they're better than the ones posted above.

    Merlin calls all four of these photos Western Kingbirds but calls the single-photo bird above a Cassin's as you folks did.

    Thanks so much!





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  6. These were from August 31 at a stop in Carrizozo, NM.

    I thought the really bad gas station pics were of a roadrunner at first, but it appears to be about the same height as the pigeon, and I thought a roadrunner would be much taller?

    The second set are three kingbirds I believe. I know there are different species of kingbirds in the southwest, and I probably wouldn't know which even if the photos were decent.

    Thank you!









  7. S.WI, today. The woodpecker (I think?) flew over me into the tree, and I didn't have time to change my settings before it disappeared. It looked at least as big as a Hairy, probably bigger, but it just looked unlike the usual woodpeckers here, probably an immature something? That long white bar is definitely throwing me.  Included are the original photos and the ones I lightroomed the heck out of.

    Is the flycatcher an Eastern Phoebe?







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