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  1. Can you help identify this albino bird?

    one comment....if it were a true albino..its eyes would be pink..or pinkish. I do not see that in the pics shown..possible extreme leucistic
  2. Where to hang a suet cage.

    well i so not have rats ( fingers crossed) but you are lucky that the squirrels gave up after only one try. Mine are a persistent bunch and just keep trying and trying till they make it. One will get on the feeder and eat...and the rest pick up the seed that falls our. But I have almost decided that for the little seed they do get....they are entertaining to watch as they "fall" from the branch above and try to grab hold of the feeder on the way past....about 30% of the time they are successful. Or sometimes they just leap from the trunk of the tree....at least 7 feet and land on top....some of the time. They are resilient little things....never seem to give up. And yes the mourning doves and other bird also eat the seed that falls on the ground...sometimes all together - squirrels - chipmunks - doves - chipping sparrows - cardinals and others..( so far no pest birds) but happy for you that things are working out
  3. Where to hang a suet cage.

    don't know what success you have had since the first post, but I got this idea from my brother-in-law. he took a log...big branch actually - no more than about 3 inches in diameter. drilled holes in it - about 1 to 1 1/4 inch diameter holes in the log. Enough for a full cake of suet. then hung it from a shepherds hook above as squirrel baffle...I get all sorts of woodpeckers and nuthatches and others occasionally Have been told that piliated woodpeckers find this to unstable to use but get downy, hairy, red bellied woodpeckers, nuthatches and the occasional flicker. it goes fast but have never seen anything but birds on it...lasts a week at the most oops just saw the log idea has been mentioned..and i do use the no melt suet in the log and suet dough in the suet cages that are affixed to one of my feeder.
  4. have not seen a third brood starting ...nor the adult bluebirds. Perhaps the sort of unsuccessful last one ( two dead fledglings in nest with no sign of trauma) have discouraged them. I have two bird boxes and they used both...perhaps off to greener pastures? hopefully next year but will report any new activity...I cleaned nest ad found dead fledgings at the beginning of July ( 2nd or 3rd) and have pictures of at least two hungry - presumably alive - fledgling from just two days before I opened the box and found the two dead.
  5. ?Ibis vs Wood Stork

    relatively new to this but....when in everglades saw many many ibis. all have a bill that i is much more curved than the ones you have images of. Not sure I could have ID'd them as wood stork...but definitely not ibis
  6. Need Help Identifying this bird!

    all osprey I believe
  7. I went to clean the box today...watched it during all of June..but no activity the last two days....none at all. When I opened the box to remove the nest and clean the box - I found two dead fledglings still in the nest.. They were both fully fledged but quite dead. I can only hope there were more than these two in this brood. There were four in the last
  8. Please help confirm some ID's

    I had to look up the bird you thought may be a song sparrow. the bird shown has a white eye ring..which the song sparrow does not...also the beak is a bit long and thin for any sparrow...too straight to be a wren....i will have to let another ID this one
  9. Please help confirm some ID's

    i believe you are correct on the first two...chipping sparrow.. unsstriped cinnamon cap and white eyebrow with black stripe through eye are good field marks I believe
  10. Broadwing hawk behavior

    about two weeks ago, a neighbor had some broadwing hawks fledge and they have left the nest now. Seems they like my backyard and are quite noisy - but the interesting part is their behavior..my only be the new ones but... Our back yard is full of little birds, squirrels and chipmunks and have the second brood of bluebirds about to leave their nest. I would have thought the reason they have appeared is because it is prime hunting ground....except they spend their time digging for worms...on the ground. Also neither they or the other wildlife seem too concerned about each other. The other day one hawk was perched about 4 feet above the ground in a tree abut 20 ft from the house. Meanwhile squirrels and chipmumks played below it eating birdseed that had dropped from one of my feeders. The one squirrel went up the same tree...to the same branch as the hawk and got within 2 ft of it....... not at all what i expected from hawks.....comments
  11. help please

    thank you both
  12. help please

    saw this while trying to capture bluebird fledglings....one this shot however. maybe a peewee?? Baltimore County MD. June 26, 2017 peewee by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  13. ID'd as b broadwing

    thank you psweet. the cornell site had almost a whistling sound for the broadwing...I guess adult and these were more of a kee -ah or just keeee..scream but thanks again
  14. ID'd as b broadwing

    the other day these hawks were ID'd as broadwinged hawks but their cry is not like the one I found at the Cornell Ornithology site. Sounds much more like a redwing or redshoulder hawk can this be...the call i mean. I so see visually how they can be called broadwing but the call is confusing me broadwing2 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr broadwing1 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  15. hawk confirmation or correction

    thank you...i have found the broadwinged hawk that looks like one ones pictured. It is just the call that confuse me not...much closer to either red tailed or red shouldered than the whistling sound found at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site