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  1. mystery birdwing

    Yep. It's a bird-eat-bird world out there, although I admit the first time I saw a predator digging into its fresh-caught meal it was a House Sparrow (lunch for a Kestrel) instead of a Yellow Warbler or Gray Silky-Flycatcher.
  2. mystery birdwing

    I would assume a larger predator bird dropped it on your balcony. Maybe they were having breakfast there and you startled them...
  3. Unknown Bird

    Just so you're clear, we get a very limited upload allowance; anyone who posts on a regular basis will run out soon. You'll need to use a third-party photo hosting site for photos, too.
  4. Welcome to WhatBird! This is a very old discussion, so I wouldn't expect to hear back from the original poster. And on a side note: I have not seen any evidence that bees have a problem with the color red; my red hummer feeders have been covered with hundreds of bees at times. I have had success with covering the feeder ports with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Feeders with longer ports also help, but it does mean other birds have trouble using the feeders.
  5. A White Northern Mockingbird

    Ah! So it's a Mockingbuddy! Welcome to WhatBird. Very cool bird, photos, and story!
  6. One Plover or the other?

    Well, local birders have also commented that it's a nice find for here too. Guess I've been lucky the two times I was there! Another much more experienced birder said he'd been to the same beach many times and never seen one; I've been twice and seen a lot of them each time. (Locals also confirmed Collared.)
  7. One Plover or the other?

    OK, thanks! I'd call these legs definitely orange, nothing dull about them.
  8. One Plover or the other?

    Thanks! My guides talked about thickness of the black collar too, and I thought I was seeing different sized bills too. Does Wilson's not have the orange legs?
  9. One Plover or the other?

    Yes, all or most different; taken over three days at different times. Nice for me just because I live far from the coast so only see them there, but they were the most common bird on the beach (well, except for the Brown Pelicans and Turkey Vultures, but they weren't usually ON the beach).
  10. One Plover or the other?

    So, all Collared Plovers? Thanks! They're impossible not to find if you go to the beach and open your eyes But cute little guys, and I rarely get to see shorebirds.
  11. Empidonax Flycatcher

    Welcome to WhatBird! Check out the bills; they will help you identify them as finches and not flycatchers
  12. One Plover or the other?

    Hi folks! I just got back from a few days at the beach in Tilapa, San Marcos, Guatemala (southwestern corner, very close to the Mexican border, Pacific coast) and I'm having a Plover identity crisis I think maybe I have both Collared and Wilson's (the expected plovers this time of year, except Black-Bellied, which they definitely aren't). Any help greatly appreciated! Posting in the regular forum because they are common US species. My guess on these is Collared: And guessing Wilson's on these: And no guess on this one: They have me baffled because I seemed to see a lot of variation on width of the black collar and size of the bill, but not together (some with thin collar and heavy bill). Plus I saw very little orange/rufus on anybody's heads. Any help or guidance is appreciated!
  13. strange duck

    Welcome to WhatBird and congratulations on your sleuthing No need to delete it; other members may find it interesting too!
  14. I don't even know where to start...

    Black Vulture was my immediate thought based on the photos and description. I agree that the "forked tail" is actually feet.
  15. Tropical Duck??

    Welcome to WhatBird! This looks like a Muscovy Duck, a domestic species. I believe that in most of all of the US it shoud be assumed to be a domestic and not wild bird, but others will know more about that.