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  1. Unknown raptor

    Are you sure? It looks like a sparrow to me.
  2. Flycatcher?

    One hint is that the spot isn't symmetrical. If it were a normal part of the bird's color scheme, you would expect it to be on both sides of his head (or both wings, both sides of the tail, etc.) Leucism - when a bird has some feathers without color - is often patchy like this and not symmetrical. And on another note, it's such fun when you can recognize individual birds because of little things like this! I've had hummers with unusual markings that I can recoginze individually.
  3. Flycatcher?

    Welcome to WhatBird! The bird appears to have a few out-of-place white feathers, although it's possible he got something on his head too. Both are known to happen
  4. Hi @Sbiriguda - sorry about the delay in approving your post. Sometimes we overlook them when there are a lot of new members, as there have been the past few days! Good luck with your feeder. I wonder also if you could somehow have your tray feeder extending past the balcony so the poop will not land on balconies, but on the ground? But yeah, when a bird's gotta go, he's gotta go!
  5. Anyone Know What Bird This Is?

    @HRoss Welcome to WhatBird! Your first few messages were held for moderator approval before being posted publicly; this is an anti-spam measure. Your posts should show up right away now. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  6. Unknown Brown Bird--Can Anyone Identify?

    I only see Great-Tailed Grackles here, but those tails are awfully short - wouldn't these be juveniles?
  7. Need help identifying grey, crested bird

    Bigger than a finch, but we've dealt with that. Eating nuts and not small seeds fits too... You could be right!
  8. Lesser vs. American Goldfinch

    These always confuse me because I only have Black-backed Lessers here, but Lesser is my guess too. I think non--breeding Americans are more beige than green... But hopefully someone who really knows will come along soon!
  9. Need help identifying grey, crested bird

    I agree completely that size will fool you over and over. You learn, not so much to trust your perception of size, but to doubt it :-D Also when you are new at birding it can be very hard to find the birds in the guides. It's a skill along with the rest of the birding process. When I was just starting I spent hours looking for a House Sparrow, thinking it would be easy with that big black "T" on his face, but I had trouble matching the illustration to the bird; I felt silly when I finally found it but like anythng else there is a learning process. When I look for photos online, I don't go to the image search; I google the species name and then choose a reliable source, like Cornell's All About Birds, from the options offered. I find that the image searches produce a lot of mis-identified birds.
  10. Yucatan Peninsula Birds

    Agree with female Great-Tailed Grackle and one of the two Kingbirds mentioned, not determinable from the photo.
  11. I'm sorry, there have been some changes in the settings recently and moderators can no longer delete posts; but your edit should take care of it!
  12. Marti V

    Welcome to WhatBird. That's a Belted Kingfisher.
  13. That's not what happened here; pictures were submitted, looked at, and Ivory-Billed ruled out based on field marks.