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  1. I see both species suggested pretty much daily. Western Bluebird for me. Blue often appears black under different lighting conditions.
  2. Looks like an escaped domestic Canary.
  3. Better e-bird that quick!
  4. Well, then I say Ivory-billed Woodpecker for the first, Carolina Parakeets for the rest.
  5. What field marks are you using? I can't figure anything on that first, and murrelets are rarely visible from the shore. I'm pretty familiar with the parakeets as well, but can't discern what these are from these pics.
  6. Remember, he eats mice, insects, birds. You will have to cut them up for him. You are hitting the critical time where he will shut down. Need to feed him now. You can get mice at a pet store. Baby chicks from a feed store. Cut them up. Feeding owls is not for the squeamish.
  7. Don't feed banana, just those things I listed.
  8. Large for this type of moth. East San Diego County, seen May 13. Can anyone ID?
  9. I agree with the first being a Ladder-backed, the second an apparent hybrid.
  10. I agree with probable Western here, but the pics are not adequate to say for sure.
  11. A few more things to note: Owls swallow large chunks of food, relative to their size, and they swallow it bones, fur, feathers, feet, and all. Owls regurgitate the indigestible portions, like the bones, fur, teeth, toenails, exoskeletons, feathers, scales, etc. in the form of a pellet. They need to regurgitate these pellets to keep their digestive system healthy. Feeding cut up raw meat will not keep an owl alive for very long, since there would be no feathers or fur to form the pellet and clean out their stomach, and no calcium to prevent Rickets. This appears to be a smaller species of owl, maybe a Scops Owl type. You could probably collect enough moths and crickets from around a bright outside light at night to keep him going for a few days. You might have to force feed him to get him started. Remember that they have huge appetites and need lots of food. If he goes too long without food, he will get to a point where he will be too weak to eat. Do not give water, they get all the moisture they need from their food. If I had to guess the age on this one, I'd say a little over two to maybe three weeks, making him about half grown. He should be fully fledged by five to six weeks. That's a lot of mice, birds, bugs, etc. The chances of you raising him to adulthood are slim. Even if he lives, the chance that he will ever be able to survive in the wild is practically none. This bird will quickly imprint on you, and will not adopt normal owl survival behaviors. Professional rehabbers know how to deal with this. It is the hardest part of raising an owl in captivity, that will later be released in the wild. If at all possible, try to get him back in the nest. Second best option, if the nest is too high, is to nail a box or something as high as you can reach on the nest tree, and put him in there. The parents will still come and feed him there. Third best option is a professional rehabber. In your area, you might try any kind of wildlife sanctuary or park. They might have experienced people there, or know where to send you.
  12. It eats mice or large insects. Cut up baby chicks would work too.
  13. House Finch.
  14. I think it's just the strong sunlight that's causing them to appear so bright. The light is shining right through, making them almost translucent.
  15. Looks like a Northern Rough-winged to me.