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    Buff-bellied hummingbird? Texas 78070

    Sorry for the delay (I was working) but they are now merged.
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    Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Hey kids! Old birder barging in here to say I just heard some of you (although I'm not sure which ones) on the This Birding Life podcast. Nice interviews. Good luck with the Ca. Young Birders Club!
  3. Can you get a photo of Mom? That would clarify the ID. And it would be great if you could keep the cat out of reach of the babies while they are on the ground, a natural phase of their development.
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    Egyptian Goose

    Sorry about the delay approving this post; it seems to have hidden from the mods I see Egyptian Goose is ABA countable in some parts of Florida. I don't see it in my iBird Pro either.
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    Help me identify this all pale yellow bird

    OK! That supports the canary idea; a Yellow Warbler wouldn't be eating seeds. If it comes back, and if you have an old birdcage around, you could leave the cage out with some seed in it and see if you can lure the canary in and (if it is in fact a canary) try to find its owner, and keep it or put it up for adpotion if you can't.
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    Little Yellow Bird

    Great photos of a lovely bird! And study that thin little beak; it rules out any kind of sparrow or finch, since they have thicker cone-shaped beaks for opening seeds.
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    Help me identify this all pale yellow bird

    Welcome to WhatBird! It's hard to see, but my first thought was somebody's escaped pet canary. Doen't really look like a Yellow Warbler to me. Was it eating seeds?
  8. You can feed it parakeet seed, fruit, and vegetables - carrots, celery, apples, oranges, string beans, bananas, etc., all raw. Give him a piece and he can bite off what he wants. And be careful of that beak, it's strong and sharp!
  9. Welcome to WhatBird! Yes, assuming you're in North America (and even if you're somewhere else, actually), that's someone's pet. I think maybe a Lovebird? Not sure on the exact species, but somebody else will know!
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    A little help here?

    Welcome to WhatBird! Please put the baby back where you found it right away. It is old enough to be out of the nest, and no doubt its parents were taking care of it; but they will usually not apporach the baby while someone is nearby. It's perfectly normal for babies to leave the nest and spend a few days on the ground before they can fly long distances, and the parents will feed them on the ground. If you are in the US, it is illegal to try to raise the baby yourself, and it will probably not be successful. Here is a short article with more information for you: https://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/84528-injured-bird-or-young-bird-found/ If you need more help please ask! As to the ID, your location would help a lot in pinning that down.
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    There are a number of options; Flickr, Imagr, Facebook, etc. Anywhere that hosts photos and allows you to link to them on other sites.
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    Black Mohawk

    Welcome to WhatBird! Bird colors, ESPECIALLY blue, will look very, very different in different light conditions. Hummingbirds are a great example, if not exactly the same because their iridescent feathers look black and then suddenly glow bright red, turquoise, lavender, orange, blue, yellow, etc. But birds that are blue in color tend to look really blue in strong sunlight, but can look gray or black in other light conditions. Also individual birds vary in their exact tones. But if you are seeing the same pattern but in slightly different colors, like blue vs gray or black, it's really unlikely that there is another species with the same markings in a different color; more likely to be individual variation in the bird and/or the effect of lighting conditions.
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    Bird that Sounds like a Squeaky Swing

    Video links are fine. Go ahead and post it if you like. And welcome to WhatBird!
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    sparrow-like bird2 northern new jersey?

    House Sparrows are what we call invasive species; they are from Europe, but were introduced to North America and have been very successful, including posing a threat to some native birds. Many people don't like them... to put it mildly! They are lovely birds but they shouldn't really be in the Americas.
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    red-orange head northern new jersey?

    I think that's a young male House Finch, but wait for confirmations (we don't have them around here)
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    sparrow-like bird2 northern new jersey?

    Welcome to WhatBird! Those are House Sparrows. Don't worry about them being "basic"; we all started out with the basics! Anyone who isn't interested in IDing easy birds will simply ignore the post and move on Several years ago I posted my own House Sparrows and got great help and support here, which has led to wonderful things in my life I didn't know anyone locally who birded, so WhatBirders were my only birding buddies. I will always appreciate that support!
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    Bird Call in TV show

    Welcome to WhatBird, and I guess good-bye???
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    Mixed Bag of Birds from South Mexico Part 2

    OK, thanks. That is pretty far south actually, but quite a bit west of me.
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    Mixed Bag of Birds from South Mexico Part 2

    Definitely agree with Gray Silky-Flycatcher, and some kind of seedeater; but the White-Collared are so variable, even within Guatemala, I'm not going to call it. It doesn't look like the female White-Collared I've seen here, but again that doesn't mean too much. I'm afraid I have to disagree with "south Mexico", however, assuming you're still talking about an hour south of Mexico City. There's a lot of Mexico way south of there. I got excited thinking they would be birds from my region
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    Yucatan Woodpecker?

    I agree with Psweet (sorry)!
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    Costa Rica - large black bird

    Welcome to WhatBird! It looks like some kind of guan or chachalaca to me.
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    Welcome to WhatBird! Those are male House Sparrows.
  23. Well, Howell and Webb was the preferred guide for Mexico and Central America; but we got a new Peterson guide for Northern Central America a bit over a year ago, and it is more up to date and complete. It's the only one that includes all the migrants; others assume you are a visiting tourist and have North American guides to look up migrants in. However, the new Peterson does not cover Mexico, so Howell and Webb would probably still be your best bet. As for online, I like Cornell's neotropic birds site, but yes, sometimes less than complete. If you can go somewhere where both are common, do that; and listen to the voices of the two. That was a big help to me when I was baffled by them (if you can get them to vocalize when you need them to, that is!)
  24. I struggled with them too; I even took a weekend birding trip with the sole goal of figuring out the difference!
  25. Note the reddish tones on the Kiskadee's wings and the white stripes that meet at the nape; those help distinguish them from Social Flycatchers, which do not have red on the wings, and their head stripes do not meet at the nape. Along with voice and the least useful difference, size, they are the key field marks for the Kiskadee. And does the one on the left have his/her crown feathers raised in a wild-looking crest, or is that a bug???