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  1. Tern, poss Elegant

    i am by far not an expert things like this but.....from what i can find. The elegant tern's bill is a bit turned down and sharper..possibly longer than the picture. The picture does fit an early summer royal tern...both the bill and the "shagginess". No date on the picture but perhaps in Mexico.....the royal tern would still be in this plummage
  2. Need help

    i tend to agree with mourning dove
  3. finch??

    thank you all.....just had never seen one this gray....well a new thing every day
  4. finch??

    saw this at my backyard birdfeeder...after weeks of nothing...then a thorough cleaning....looks like a finch of some sort but have ever seen one this grey. Cannot find it in any of my references. is it just a color anomoly? IMG_5607 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  5. A Question

    I did put out only my smallest feeder...holds BOSS and did see one bird today...looked like a goldfinch but was pure grey. No suet yet though good luck to you all and i do hope they return
  6. A Question

    thank you....i have now brought all mine in and cleaned them all thoroughly. Will wait a week then put them out with fresh seed and my fingers crossed and hope yours return as well.. I do miss them Jim Carscadden
  7. A Question

    It seems if all the birds from my back yard have disappeared.....ALL of them The feeders have been full for almost a month now...weill take them down to clean them and add new but the suet, suet dough, BOSS and thistle seed are almost untouched. Just wondering if anyone else has had this experience
  8. Mt Rainier Accipiters

    Beautiful photos by the way.....only way i ever got any this good...were adult and juvenile red tailed hawks riding thermal with a deep blue sky!! nice job
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. ?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
  14. Need Help Identifying this bird!

    all osprey I believe
  15. 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