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#1 inanna

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:29 AM

I just found these babies outside of my apartment door.
I had heard a noise, as in, a pecking noise hours before but ignored it. I thought it was the wind.
They must have fell, gotten lost, I do not know. But, they were definitely orphaned somehow.
Fortunately, I had a box (made it comfortable with a towel and holes.) Both of them were very thirsty. :)
I am taking them to a center where they should take them and take care of them tomorrow morning.

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#2 Liam

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:12 PM

Welcome to Whatbird. They almost look like Red-headed Woodpecker fledglings, which is a rare species for your area.

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#3 Limpkin

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

Where are you located? Location can help narrow down the ID.

Haha, I'm blind, it's in the subject line.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:44 PM

I initially thought woodpeckers myself, but look at the foot of the one on the left. Three toes foward. I don't know any woodpeckers with that foot structure.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:52 PM

I initially thought woodpeckers myself, but look at the foot of the one on the left. Three toes foward. I don't know any woodpeckers with that foot structure.


That was the problem I had. I see four toes. I had thought that since these birds weren't perching, their feet would look odd and awkward.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:57 PM

Other than those feet, the only thing I can reconcile these within range is Acorn Woodpecker.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:00 PM

inanna, you mention thirsty. Do not give them water! They get moisture from their food (worms and such.)
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:06 AM

Hello everyone. Thanks for the responses.

They were grackles!
I took them to a habitat center the next day, this place specializes in birds and other abandoned animals.
I felt so nostalgic, I hope they are doing fine. It was hard to part from them.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:38 PM

Ah, now I see it! Do y'all suppose they would be leucistic? I've never seen a fledgling grackle with so much white.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:58 AM

Liam,
They told me the reason for the white feathers is that they had been fed too much junk food by the mom.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:12 AM

Liam,
They told me the reason for the white feathers is that they had been fed too much junk food by the mom.


In that case, all the Grackles, ducks, coots, etc. should be snow white at my local lake! Everyone feeds them junk bread and popcorn.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:16 PM

I think I heard somewhere that albinism and leucism are hereditary?
Well I know a whole family of albinos that live in my area, a mom and her three sons, so I assume this is true?

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:33 PM

I think I heard somewhere that albinism and leucism are hereditary?
Well I know a whole family of albinos that live in my area, a mom and her three sons, so I assume this is true?


A bird bander told me that these defects can be caused by one of three things - genetics, injury, or poor nutrition.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:15 PM

I think I heard somewhere that albinism and leucism are hereditary?
Well I know a whole family of albinos that live in my area, a mom and her three sons, so I assume this is true?


Albinism is hereditary in humans.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:25 PM

It's probably politically incorrect to call them Albinos. How about Pigmentally Challenged? :P
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