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  1. I'm no expert but they both look like adults to me, meaning not born this year. It looks like they are shedding, something I wouldn't expect to see a kit going through this time of year.
  2. Welcome to Whatbird, @JojoIndy. Like jhauser42, I can't help with your mystery call from the description but here's a few online resources that may help. I have no personal experience with http://www.xeno-canto.org but it's a website that I have seen other birders mention for helping with bird calls. Cornell's website https://www.allaboutbirds.org/how-to-learn-bird-songs-and-calls/ may also be useful with their Macaulay Library of bird recordings. http://ebird.org may be able to help with your search by narrowing down the birds expected to be seen/heard in your specific location, giving you potential candidates to look for at the other websites. Keep in mind that your chirp app may have your mystery bird on it, the mystery bird just might not have been in music class when the chirp app creators selected those specific recordings. Some birds have a wide variety of calls and many variations within those calls, way too many to include all the calls from all the birds in an app.
  3. It is odd to see a loon on land. Here's a quote from http://www.loon.org/day-loon.php that explains why. "The placement of a loon’s legs at the far back of the body means that loons can not easily walk on land. This difficulty is one reason why a loon’s nest is built right next to the water. At night, loons sleep over deep water, away from land, for protection from predators."
  4. *ponders out loud*... How can a bird look more like one species than the other when both species look identical?
  5. I don't see the eye ring as being complete, it looks open on both ends to me.
  6. IMG_1043 by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  7. A little off the top gone wrong. IMG_1079 by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  8. I think the second wren is also a youngster because of the gape, leaving just one adult.
  9. Are you totally disregarding the downy field marks that you mentioned earlier, lack of shoulder spur and spots on the outer white tail feathers? If the bill wasn't visible, wouldn't those field marks be enough to rule out hairy woodpecker? I suspect that the size of the bill is being misinterpreted on the left bird because of the different angle from the right bird.
  10. Based on the new cropped photo, I would call both of these birds downy woodpeckers. The bill doesn't look big enough for hairy woodpecker to me.
  11. Not that I'd be able to help out with the ID, but I thought I'd let you know that your video comes up as private when I click on the link.
  12. I think you've got your right and left confused, NJ Birder. I'm sure you meant the first cycle bird is on the left and the two adults are on the right.
  13. I think it's time for more pics. I'm far from an expert but I don't see why this isn't a common grackle, other than the perception of size. New pics might be able to solidify the ID one way or the other.
  14. If you can't put it back in the tree it came from, then make time for the three hour drive NOW, it's critical that you get it to a rehab center promptly. By trying to keep it alive yourself, you are probably killing it and not saving it. Force feeding it food that it's digestive system can't handle will only harm it, not help it. Follow creeker's advice and get it back in the tree it came from or get it to a rehab center quickly. Don't kill it with kindness, which is what feeding it the wrong food will do.