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Everything posted by Aveschapines

  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?

    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!
  8. One Plover or the other?

    OK, thanks! I'd call these legs definitely orange, nothing dull about them.
  9. 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?
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. Empidonax Flycatcher

    Welcome to WhatBird! Check out the bills; they will help you identify them as finches and not flycatchers
  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.
  16. Birds not eating my Nyger/thistle seed

    Hi and welcome to WhatBird! I think someone put up a poll on this topic, but there wasn't a peep... Maybe the birds could tweet their opinions? I realize you were joking, but the conversation you responded to was from almost 3 years ago. But now that you're here look around at the more current conversations!
  17. YT Vireo??

    You could go back and edit your first post to add the new photo. It is a bummer to open the thread and find the picture has been removed, leaving you no option to participate. It might also be helpful to you to leave the photo in since sometimes people, even @The Bird Nuts , make mistakes, and others come along and correct and discuss the ID. I suspect that many or even most will just move on when the see the photo was deleted from the first post and not read the thread for more photos in later posts.
  18. Food chain Central Florida

    Welcome to WhatBird! I know cuckoos and bluebirds eat a lot of caterpillars, and I've seen cuckoos eat small moths and butterflies. Not sure if they are picky about the species. Larger hawks would be predators of smaller birds like bluebirds and cuckoos.
  19. Identify the bird making this sound? (Miami, FL)

    We've all learned how very hard it can be to judge size in the field, and inexperienced birders often don't understand that at all. And could the billboard be amplifying the sound?
  20. Hummingbird feeder

    I leave mine up all year, of course, but in my "slower" seasons I have fewer feeders. I try to strive for a balance between refilling constantly and the nectar going bad, but it's cool here so it doesn't go bad all that fast. Lots of people even farther north than you leave a feeder up well into the fall in case a straggler comes by; that's one time when you can get vagrants that are not normally in your area. You can make up some nectar and just put a little in the feeder, and keep the rest in the fridge, so you can change it often but not have to make it constantly. Your birds should still remember your feeders, though; I wouldn't worry too much about that.
  21. Hummingbird feeder

    I use an old toothbrush and a bamboo skewer. That little brush sounds handy!
  22. Yes, Blue-Headed Vireo. Besides the blue head (which isn't always as obvious as in these photos), the shape of that eyering is pretty distinctive.
  23. Which sparrow? And confirmations

    I'd put it on eBird with the photos. And whenever I've seen Common Yellowthroats, they have been everywhere. I don't think I've ever seen just one!
  24. Hummingbird feeder

    Migrating Ruby-Throated Hummers start showing p here in September, so I wouldn't expect you to have too many left in late October. But I'd wash out your feeder and be certain there is no lingering vinegar smell, and scrub them well to be sure there's no mold anywhere. Depending on the style of feeder, it can be difficult to get it all off, and the birds don't like moldy or fermented nectar (so I would imagine they wouldn't like a vinegar flavor either). The mix with the red coloring is not recommended, because it's unnecessary and there is some evidence that the red coloring could be harmful to the birds, given the huge volume of nectar they drink compared to their body weight. Also I'm not at all convinced they would recognize red nectar as something different and apply logic to think, oh, I should try this nectar because it's different.And I doubt they will have rejected the feeder forever if it does have a funny smell or something; I've committed feeder sins like letting them go dry and the hummers come right back once the situation is corrected. Ruby-Throats in the US should be very familiar with feeders; they were the first to find my first feeder, while it took the locals months and months to figure it out. Also, hummers eat both bugs and nectar whether they have babies to feed or not; the bugs are for nutrition, the nectar for energy for all that zipping around doing acrobatics. I'd clean the feeders well, rinse thoroughly, and fill with a small amount of nectar. Be sure you change it before it goes bad. My guess is that they are all down here with me by now
  25. Mexican bird

    I keep coming back to look at this and getting a Flicker vibe... except for the total lack of field marks for Flickers!