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#1 theuramkins

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Hi! I found this forum when trying to identify this little bird that sticks mainly to the suet feeders. This picture was taken on December 29th in Southern Michigan. We live in a fairly rural area. It caught my attention because while we have TONS of American Goldfinches around its colors and patterns were just enough different to make me get the camera and snap a pic. Sorry it's not the clearest, it was snowing pretty hard, and at the maxium zoom for my wife point and shoot camera.

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#2 Liam

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

Welcome to Whatbird! Posted Image

You have a Cape May Warbler, not a regular bird to find during this season, though I've heard some birds do overwinter.

Please report to eBird.

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#3 Indybirder

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:56 PM

Wow, that's a Cape May Warbler. You should report it.
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#4 theuramkins

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

What is ebird? What's their mission?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:54 PM

ebird is a site where anyone can sign up and report birds they see. It is a great resource for birders and researchers alike. You can read their about page here: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

Wow, cool sighting!

You don't happen to be in rural southwest MI, do you? :D
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:52 PM

My goodness, for a point and shoot picture, you sure did a darn good job! Beautiful bird. :)
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:34 AM

Wow, cool sighting!

You don't happen to be in rural southwest MI, do you? :D


I do live in SW Michgan. Barry County to be exact. :)

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:52 AM

very nice find!
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#10 cestma

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:19 AM

I do live in SW Michgan. Barry County to be exact. :)


*red face* Wow, didn't even notice your Location info. *red face*

EDIT: Let us know if it sticks around... ;)
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:22 AM

Welcome aboard John, great find there!

Barry is good for birding, but nowhere near as good as Allegan!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:38 AM

Wow, neat!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:52 AM

Man, nice find! Hope you've reported it! :)

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:52 AM

WOW! I lived in Barry County for 20 years... NEVER saw a Cape May.... and not really ANY warblers in December! Definitely get it into ebird! Great capture!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

*red face* Wow, didn't even notice your Location info. *red face*

EDIT: Let us know if it sticks around... ;)


Your observational skills are intact. I didn't update my profile until after you posted. lol

I don't think it plans on going anywhere. We've been seeing it almost everyday for about 2 months. Apparently it's happy with the brand of suet we buy. :lol:




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