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Three ID's? Purple Marten, Red Breasted Hummingbird, Bald Eagle


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#1 morganirich

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:05 AM

Hi,

Bald Eagle is pretty obvious - i'm just so proud! Pretty sure about hummingbirds and i'm not sure about the Marten. Eagle was near Delaware River in Pennsylvania, hummingbirds and Marten? were near a cottage on a pond in Pennsylvania.

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#2 meghann

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:08 AM

I believe that rather than a purple martin, you have an eastern kingbird there.

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#3 BarnSwallow

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:09 AM

Yes, I agree with eastern kingbird. The correct name for the hummers is ruby-throated hummingbird. Nice birds!

#4 morganirich

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:13 AM

The Eastern Kingbird looks alot like the tree swallows in the pic lower on that page - any tips for me so i know for next time? are both id's right now?

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#5 meghann

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:16 AM

The tail shape is one easy mark to look at. Note the difference in shape between the kingbird and the tree swallows' tails.

Edit- Another thing is the size of the beak. If you notice, the tree swallows have a much smaller one compared to the rest of their head. :)

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#6 morganirich

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:17 AM

great thx

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:45 AM

It's funny - in real life, I would never confuse the two, but they are much easier to confuse in pictures. Their behavior, flight style, and posture are quite different.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:40 AM

Also, Eastern Kingbirds have very distinct white tips to their tail feathers that form a white band at the end of the tail. Its one of the best field marks for the species, imo, especially at a distance.

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