I'm brand new to Percevia, but am really loving this site. Thank you! Per the first bird you've described:
I live in Chicago in an older, northwest side, old-growth neighborhood that is full of pines and firs and 100+ year old trees. I am also fortunate to have many bird and nature-loving neighbors.
This past week I've been spending alot of time trying to identify a pair of birds that I've never seen before. They are having a great feast at the virginia creeper on my back fence eating lots of berries, but I've observed insects in their beaks too.
Here' the description
Small, slender 6", upright perching bird, uniformly olive on the upper parts and head, distinct white eyering, white underparts with heavy streaking from beak down to mid chest, pinkish legs and pointed darkish bill, notched tail and white feathers slightly showing at very side edges of tail, When perching on the fence, they seem to hold their longish wings a bit away from their bodies - almost like the wings are hanging down. I believe these are migrating Swainson's thrushes. I'm trying hard to hear their calls, but living in the city - it's a little noisy.
Any thoughts or suggestions on what more to look for to identify? Thanks again.