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  1. House Wren

    Thanks! Yes, the angle and the lighting. Carolina Wren makes more sense around here. And I have seen them "puffed up". Good call!
  2. House Wren

    Please. I took this along time ago - July 5 2015 just N of Tampa, FL. As I recall I first thought it was a thrasher, but it has no markings. I remember thinking is was a larger bird, but the best I can come up with is House Wren. Thank you.
  3. Four-spotted Pennant

    Please. I am trying to organize some old photos. I was about to give up, but I think this is a Four-spotted Pennant Dragonfly. Taken just N of Tampa, FL on 5/30/2015. Due to file size restrictions, I had to crop the photo more severely than usual. I could not post a complete photo of the specimen. Thank you!
  4. Hello! My neighbor thought this was a turtle. I am pretty convinced it is a Gopher Tortoise. I know they have nest holes marked off around here. Taken just N. of Tampa, FL on 5/14/2016. Thank you!
  5. Confirm 2 Butterflies

    Hi! It had been so long since I made a post I forgot the when and where. The photo was taken just N. of Tampa, FL on 6/7/2015. Thank you.
  6. Confirm 2 Butterflies

    Please. I have tentatively identified both as skippers. The first as a Tropical Checkered. The second a Southern Skipperling. Thank you and Happy New Year
  7. I am currently in, I hope, a friendly disagreement on a Hairy vs. Downy Woodpecker ID. On consultation with Sibley's, I believe I have found a field mark which, to my knowledge, is not referenced - the black eye patch. Based on Sibley's illustrations, it appears the black eye patch extends to the upper bill on the Hairy. On the Downy there is white between the upper bill and black eye patch. I am looking at my Sibley's right now and that seems to be the case. Is this known and it just dawned on me? Have I found a new field mark? And yes, I misspelled "Field" in the topic, but I guess there is no way to correct it.
  8. Woodpecker ID Please

    The bill appears large because of the black stripe extending from the mandibular joint. I do not think those black feathers at the edge of the bill are considered part of the bill. Measurement from the mandibular joint and then to the head actually shows the bill to be shorter than the width of the head. Sibley's illustrations indicate a black line lateral to the bill on Downy's, not on Hairy's. On the Hairy, the lateral line begins below the lower mandibular joint, not at the mandibular joint. According to Sibley, the black eye patch on the Hairy begins at the level of the upper bill, not above it, as is the case with this bird. On the other hand, according to Sibley, there is some white between the upper bill and the black eye band of the Downy, which is the case with this bird. Actually, I had never noticed this difference between Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers before. But it is definitely there in Sibley's. On Downy's, the black eye patch definitely doe not connect to the upper beak, on Hairy's it does! Of course, maybe Mr. Sibley's illustrations are wrong? Also, I attempted to scan and paste Sibley's illustrations of Hairy Woodpeckers. For some reason, and maybe that is a good thing, the scan will not cut and paste. However, if you access a copy of Sibley's Guide to Birds, you will see that the shoulder spur should be readily visible in this photo. His illustrations indicate the shoulder spur extend almost to the midline of the breast which is clearly visible in the photo. According to Sibley, almost any profile shot of a Hairy should readily show a shoulder spur. The contention that the shoulder spur is "covered by the wing" is totally discredited by Sibley's illustrations. There is also a prominent bill tuft on this bird. As far as the tail bars, the entire tail cannot be seen because of the growth on the tree. Also, Sibley indicates that the Pacific variety of Hairy has some tail bars. If you doubt me, get a copy of Sibley's Guide to Birds. If you think Mr. Sibley's illustrations are in error, by all means, contact him and point out to him where his illustrations are mistaken. His illustrations indicate this bird to be a Downy.
  9. Confirm Zion Nat'l Park Birds

    Thanks! I think the Say's Phoebe photo suffered from over exposure. And the House Finch was one I hoped I was wrong.
  10. Please. Some are lifers. A couple, I sort of hope I am wrong since they would not be lifers. Thank you Say's Phoebe, a juvenile? House Wren Anna's Hummingbird Western Scrub-Jay Lesser Goldfinch Female Brown-headed Cowbird Black-headed Grosbeak
  11. Woodpecker ID Please

    A Hairy with no shoulder spur? The moss or whatever that is covering the tree is obscuring the outer tail feathers at key locations. At first glance, the bill looks long enough, but I am wondering if the black feathers extending from the mouth are making it look longer than it is. I wish I could tell if the back stripe at the back of the neck completely bisects the back of the head. That would indicate a Hairy. When you saw it did you say to yourself, "That's a big Woodpecker?" The total lack of a shoulder spur is very bothersome. Compared to Sibley's illustrations, from the complete profile angle of your photo, a Hairy Woodpecker's shoulder spur should be clearly visible. The more I measure from where I think the bill actually originates, the more doubts I have. Based solely on the total lack of a shoulder spur, I think it is a male Downy.
  12. Please. Taken early May. Thank you! Eurasian Collared-Dove Lucy's Warbler
  13. Baby birds have been falling from nests ever since there has been baby birds. In the past I would not say this, but the best thing to do is leave them and let nature take its course. There seems to be an epidemic of baby bird problems this season.
  14. Identify babies i saved

    "Because these birds are non-native though, rehab centers frown upon taking them in and nursing them back to health. Many times finders are told to put it back in the bush, on the ground, or wherever and 'let nature take its course;‟. They are "European Starlings", not "American". This is no different than taking an Amazonian Anaconda and releasing it in the United States, Fl Everglades for example. Why punish current species for the mistakes of the past?
  15. Hairy or Downy Woodpeckers?

    Just to add one more field mark, the black line going down the neck would extend from the crown of the head, all the way down bisecting the red on this male Downy.