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  1. # 4 is a tree swallow
  2. I have found that ...to my present knowledge anyway....that the bright bill on the cardinal...the northern Cardinal....is unlike any other bird that I have seen Edit...yes a male house finch
  3. on number one.....I believe the tail is too short for a grackle on number two ...the dark eyes are not found (other than perhaps hybrids) on a female grackle....so I would tend to call this one female brewers blackbird
  4. thank you
  5. throwing my two cents in....for what that is worth.... I thought the bird on the left was a Hairy based on bill size alone..the took a closer look and at the cropped photo. It appears to me that the bird on the left has a distinct "forehead" which i did not thinK as as distinctive in the Hairy....it is more sloped. That would make a Downy or hybrid. The characteristic is present in the picure Alphamorph presented and in the drawing that Sor A Rail presented so i would tend to say the bird on the left side is a downy. I am not known for great pictures myself but the angle on the bird on the left makes it more difficult...but i would say Downy as well.....no good reason. very bottom line...both Downy Woodpeckers
  6. I have seen this bird(s) over the past few days . I think it may be an immature chipping sparrow but looks darker. We do have chipping sparrows nesting Confirmation or correction requested..thank you immature sparrow by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  7. Thank you all. thought i had something different till really looked at it. oh well...
  8. saw this today (5/19/17) at Marshy Point Nature Preserve in eastern Balitimore County .(i think) Maryland there were other adult starlings around and i think a nest of new ones as well - could this be an immature starling? starling marshy point by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  9. Thank you Chase man. I just did check (about 8:30 am) and last one was gone. I cleaned the box - it was a lot dirtier than I had thought it would be - and now wait and see if is used again this year. Four fledging bluebirds from this brood and no broken or unmatched eggs - success !
  10. well i did not get any picture of the bluebirds at all. But was fairly sure of an active nest based on number of fecal sacs removed and the way the adults returned over and over yesterday ..i did see some little heads and today i was watching....expecting the fledgling to sort of tumble to the ground before beginning to fly.. Boy was i wrong.. I saw their heads...then neck...then whoosh of they went...back into the woods and out of sight..so i have no pictures of the little ones at all.... but i have a question....I saw three birds leave the nest in a space of 30 minutes...then no activity for at least one hour. So i checked and there is still one fledgling in the nest....I could see it breathing so closed the box back up and went away. The adults came back and looked in but I dont know if the last one left. The Question...will the adult bluebirds abandon one if it does not come out!
  11. first and third do appear different...note the black "streak" below the bill on the third which is not apparent on the first. The black streak is shown on Hermit Thrushes in my book. I have no idea about the second - does it have white lines extending upward diagonally from its eye and another below the eye??
  12. One thing I have heard which seems to be the case but we have mostly weeds under the feeders. I use Black Oil Sunflower seed and have been told that the husks are "toxic" to grass.. I think perhaps weeds too for it is bare beneath the feeder. And yes there are plenty of birds that feed from both the feeder and spilled seed. and we have both squirrels and chipmunks to help out. Peridically clean up the husks just so it does not get unsightly. Have not had a problem with mud though as the ground beneath the feeders is sloped to drain away from them. I do not know if that is an option with you ...but a second idea perhaps is putting a coarse material around the tree base. Gravel springs to mind as it is inexpensive but may be problematic cleaning
  13. Yours is 100% a Yellow-rumped. It is possible for them to perch in such a way the yellow is mainly if not totally hidden. If you do a quick google image search you can see examples thank you - i did look at the google collection...and yes it is possible for the yellow to be hidden. But i would still have expected to see more variation in coloring...wing bars etc and do not and sorry psweet but i do not see the face at all....hidden behind the branch perhaps - but i have no idea what this bird could be so will leave you - all of you
  14. I am not an expert but see no yellow...as in yellow rumped. perhaps I am mistaken but this is one I saw a few weeks ago outside of Nashville TN I thought it was a yellow rumped warbler yellow rumped warbler 1 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  15. I agree with Tree Sparrow- the chipping sparrow has a black line extending from the bill through eye and to ear