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  1. Your EAPH is a fledgling. You can see the gape flanges, the yellowish fleshy parts at the corners of its mouth. Perhaps that's why it didn't look right to you?
  2. Weird 1st-cycle Gull in Texas

    If you're on Facebook, there is a group called North American Gulls, and they are savants with gull ID.
  3. As the others have said, this is a Song Sparrow. White-throated Sparrows breed in the northern US and Canada, so you won't see a baby in TN. In addition, a WTSP has a very different body shape, much bulkier, and a different head pattern. Welcome to WB!
  4. Welcome to Whatbird, though I'm sorry it's under such a sad circumstance. You had a Red-billed Leiothrix. It's an Asian species introduced to HI in the 1920s-30s. The iBird Hawaii app has it occurring on all the major islands, though it may or may not still live on Kauai, where it was first introduced in 1918. http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/identify.whatbird.com/obj/1137/overview/Red-billed_Leiothrix.aspx
  5. Confirm gulls

    So I actually got them all right (at least close enough for government work)?? Yay! Thanks, @psweet!
  6. Confirm gulls

    I'm collecting reference photos of 2nd winter Laughing Gulls for a drawing. These photos aren't mine so I don't know when or where they were taken, I just found them through Google searches. Are any of these *not* 2nd winter Laughing Gulls? If not, why?
  7. Fly Catcher Family

    @skooter It looks like it could be a young male molting into breeding plumage.
  8. Welcome to WB! The way I've dealt with unwanted feeder visitors that are not invasive species (there's a whole different way to deal with them) is to set up a simple shepherd's hook waaaaaay on the opposite side of the yard with tray feeders while also making my main feeders difficult for them to access. I have several house-shaped feeders for seed and there is less than 1/2" between the perching area and the seed bin so big birds like cowbirds, Grackles, Starlings, and Blue Jays can't land and eat. I take down suet cages and my peanut tube because they can hold on to them. I tried switching to safflower to deter squirrels but it also deterred the birds.
  9. Brown Creeper (?)

    Brown Creepers are teeny tiny and, well, brown.
  10. Help with a water Fowl I.D.

    Set up an imgur.com account for the crummy photos, then it won't matter if they're crummy. It's nice to leave the photos up so people scrolling through can see what the bird is.
  11. Songbirds in GA

    Yellow-rumped Warblers have yellow on the topside of the base of the tail, the rump (hence the yellow-rumped descriptor). Palm Warblers have it on the underside of the base of the tail, the undertail coverts, but Yellow-Undertail Coverted Warbler just doesn't have a good ring to it. On your finch, if you ignore the color, it has all the hallmarks of a regular House Finch. The curved top of upper mandible (culmen), bulky bill, the wing bar, the extensive breast and belly streaking, and the grumpy expression.
  12. Ducks and Falcon

    I'm going to say Lesser based on 1) inland retention pond (not always definitive, though), 2) purplish head (also not always definitive), 3) wonky head shape (and again, not always definitive), and 4) the bill shape and angle. Lesser bills point somewhat downward and have a straightish upper mandible while Greater bills have a more scoop-shaped upper mandible and the lower mandible is "parallel" to the water when the bird is chillin' like in your second shot.
  13. South Padre Island TX Tern

    @mm325 Do you have any other pics? I checked eBird and the only orange bill black leg tern there right now is the Caspian, but the bill on your bird doesn't look anywhere near big enough for a Casp. It could just be the angle, though.
  14. You can tell a male Bufflehead from the similar male Hooded Merganser by the white on the head. The mergs have a black along the outer edge of their white and Buffleheads don't.