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Hello Members, I do not know much about bird identification, but I do appreciate beautiful animals of all species...especially in their native environment(s). I researched various bird ID groups and found this one to be the most straight-forward and knowledgeable, so I joined with hopes that someone smarter than I on the subject, could possibly help to identify a particular bird I watched (and was wowed by), at close range, over the course of about an hour. Thanks in advance to anyone who has a few minutes to spend reading this, and any additional info/intel you could share. I was in my elevated (10') hunting blind, this past Saturday Morning (12/30/17), in the thick piney woods of NE TX (Crockett, TX / Houston County / 75835 Zip Code) and watched this Wodpecker move from tree to tree (about 5 different trees in total, spending about 20 minutes at each tree). I first heard him or her and wondered if it was even a woodpecker at all - on account the "strikes" I was hearing seemed to be much louder, stronger, slower in succession, and with longer pauses in-between - compared to any otger woodpeckers I'd ever known, across my 20+ years of being an avid outdoorsman. When I first laid eyes on him/her, I was absolutely blown away by the size of this bird. By far the largest woodpecker I've ever seen...bigger than any Crow (and there are a lot of Crows in East TX, so I've seen my share of those for sure). While he/she was at the first tree (about 20 yards away, 20'above my vantage point, and 30' feom the ground) - I was able to get several few pics and a 1 minute video of the bird, which I'll upload here for your review. I just wish they (pics/vid) were of better quality, so I'm hoping they can still help. At each tree, he/she would peck at the main trunk and the branches as well...and did not seem to discriminate between trees that were dead vs. alive. He/she did stick to pine trees though, leaving the oak's and cedar's alone. As he/she was flying from tree to tree, I noticed that the underside of its wings were white. When I got home, I Googled the bird and was unable to decifer between the Pileated vs. Ivory-Billed variety of Woodpecker, and couldnt ID the bird's sex either. I know to always take Google with a grain of salt, which is why I'm here, but going solely from what I read on Google...Google "told" me that the Pileated is smaller than a Crow - the one I saw was much larger than any Crow. However, I'm not sure if the Ivory-Billed would be any larger than a Pileated (or not)? Google also "said" the Pileated has a shorter neck than the Ivory-Billed - the bird I saw had a very long neck, a characteristic that stood out to me right, off the bat - and even moreso after looking at the pics/video again. I hope I wasn't rambling...I just wanted to share any/all details I could recall. Aiming to let you (the experts) decide which were helpful, vs. not. The Video and 2 Pictures can be found here (please let me know if/of any issues Re: trying to access).... Folder: 1 Video & 2 Pictures Thank you all, once again. Gratefully, Lance
Sidetracked posted a topic in Help Me Identify a BirdFeb 18th I saw this in a maple tree top, darting in and out after insects in wooded area next to a swamp. Some sort of flycatcher? warbler? Thanks (I hope I did this right, am new here, if not, please correct me)
Both taken in central Kansas. A Checkerspot of some kind? This one was taken in early May. Seen near a river in a forest. Not sure at all. This was taken just four days ago. Was also seen at a river through a forested area.
Hello! I have been having trouble identifying a bird that I both heard and saw last spring. I wasn't able to take a photo of the bird, but I recorded its song with my camera. I re-found the "video" of its song, and I have tried finding something similar all over the web, but I can't seem to identify it. This was in a SE Pennsylvania mixed deciduous forest. It was very elusive, but I was able to catch a glimpse of the bird at a fairly close range and it looked similar to a Wood Thrush. It seemed to hang around cherry and tulip poplar trees. The only time I heard it sing (or this song at least) was in the early morning and early evening. Maybe it really is a Wood Thrush, after all. But none of the songs I found sounded close. In the recording, it is the loudest bird with three parts to its song. Two notes down, two notes up, and and three quick notes (in various orders). Thanks for any help and sorry for no photo! If you want to identify any birds in the background, too, go ahead. ~HikerEvening-Bird.mp3