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#1 John Shauger

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

North Georgia, early April. At our feeder.
Hoping for Eastern Wood-Pewee but thinking it's a Eastern Phoebe. Wife disagrees with both!
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#2 meghann

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:40 PM

The only thing I can say with confidence is it's NOT an Eastern Phoebe. The breast is too dark, and the proportions of the face just aren't right.

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#3 PoorMatty

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:43 PM

Well, I believe Eastern Phoebe is exactly what it is, actually, haha . . .

The breast is oddly dark and smudgy, but there's some variation there. Only weird thing to me is that it's eating from a feeder! I have never seen that!

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:51 PM

To me, the eye is too close to the top of the head, and the beak looks a touch too long.

I'll concede if general census says that's what it is, but I see E. Phoebes daily, and this just doesn't look like one to me.

Edit-looking at Cornell's site, wondering if it could be a juvenile, and that's why it doesn't look right to me. The Phoebes here have nested really early.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

My first thought was E. Phoebe, but he does look a bit odd...

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#6 John Shauger

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

The beak was not solid black. It looked somewhat orange. I'm trying to get another shot but no luck yet. The photo was through a few layers of window glass. Lately several ground & bug eating birds have been at our feeder.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

What about a different flycatcher, like the olive-sided? Range maps show they can migrate through northern GA.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:29 PM

Well, I believe Eastern Phoebe is exactly what it is, actually, haha . . .

The breast is oddly dark and smudgy, but there's some variation there. Only weird thing to me is that it's eating from a feeder! I have never seen that!


Yeah, I agree.
Here's a photo of an Eastern Phoebe

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And an Eastern Wood-Pewee

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EWPE show more triangular, flatter, and more hooked bills.

Imo, this is definitely an Eastern Phoebe, especially with that bill. It's just an odd individual.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

I've had Carolina wrens at my sunflower seed feeder. They always look like they're throwing bits away until they find what they're looking for. I watched one carefully once, and it was throwing seeds out until it found one without a shell, and it took that one.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Imo, this is definitely an Eastern Phoebe, especially with that bill. It's just an odd individual.


But John said the bill wasn't black?

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:14 PM

The bill color looks perfectly fine for EAPH to me. I think the "orange" we're seeing is the inside of the bird's beak.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:03 AM

One more for Eastern Phoebe if it's needed. The bill looks quite black in this photo, but there is colour showing from inside.
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#13 John Shauger

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

Eastern Phoebe. Bird came back yesterday. See new photo. The orange I saw on beak was from the peanut pieces bird was eating. Sorry for the confusion.
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:45 PM

Still pretty darn nifty to have one come to your feeder. It would have sent me straight here for confirmation of what I was seeing too.

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