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  1. 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
  2. I took these pictures in my backyard in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. My apologies for the low quality shots. I have some Better quality shots if necessary using a different camera which I can upload if necessary. Time of day is 1:00 pm, December 9, 2017.
  3. I saw these two in the foothills of Salt Lake city on November 11th. Possible migratory, fall or winter range. Very close to the city as well as dry mountain habitat. Unfortunately I do not recall the song but the photos are fairly detailed. I looked through my field guide and think they are Yellow-Bellied Flycatchers, but neither has a pronounced eye ring. I also feel that their beaks are stubby for a flycatcher. Let me know if there is any other information I can provide to help with the ID. Thanks! Individual 1 [img=https://motomanch.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/img_0234.jpg] Individual 2 [img=https://motomanch.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/img_0248.jpg] [img=https://motomanch.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/img_0273.jpg]
  4. cooper's or sharpie?

    Austin, TX. 10/16/17, 8:20am. Saw this fella perched on my back fence.
  5. Hello group, Can you please help with identification of this bird? The photo was taken in Philadelphia on July 9th.
  6. I saved this bird from my cat about an hour ago.. it's not injured from what I can see..but it's still a baby forsure, it wouldn't fly away. It has a lil bit of down feathers on the side of its head, but it mostly looks like it has all its adult feathers. He is very small! Hopefully these pictures help..I need to know what he is..and how to take care of him based on what he is. I googled it, and he looks like either a song sparrow or house finch from pictures. I just want him to survive. Any help will b greatly appreciated. He is brown with white speckles and lines..with a white belly and chest with brown/black speckles. What does he eat, how do I care for him, when is he ready to be set free? All the important info is what I need. Thank you. Also, I didn't keep him in that little bowl..he's now in a big cat carrier with some bedding..
  7. Raptor identification

    Need help identifying this bird of prey. This is a photograph taken at a zoo in Seattle. It's a rescued bird that was found injured somewhere in Washington. Thanks
  8. Need help identifying. Landed in my backyard, had live bird it was eating. Can't tell exactly what kind of hawk. Have a few more pics.
  9. A colony of about 10 of these Raptors are spending time in open land near me in Tamil Nadu, South India. The photos are of one of the birds resting and flying. Is this a Kite? Help in identifying appreciated.
  10. Big feet like a Galinule (but not that big) and distinctive tail, belly markings, and bill, seen along the edge of a marsh area that has both salt and freshwater areas. What is this guy? Seen in the coastal Texas area at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. All help is appreciated because I can't figure it out.
  11. Photo from May of this year. Brazoria County in Texas near the coast. Is this an Olive-Sided Flycatcher? All help appreciated. This community is awesome.
  12. Hooded Oriole?

    Photo I'm just getting to taken in April of this year in High Island, TX. It was about the size of a Blue Jay. Is this a Hooded Oriole? All help, as always, is greatly appreciated.
  13. Phoebe? Pewee?

    A pair was moving along a semi dry creek bed off the Colorado River near Austin, Tx in and out of the willows. I initially thought Eastern Phoebe, but I'm not sure. Taken in shadows so they are not super clear. Any help is appreciated.
  14. Spotted on the lower branches of woodland canopy along the edge of the Colorado River near Austin, TX at about 10:30am. My guess is Arcadian due to the eye ring, bill shape and coloring, green coloring on back. Did I get it or is it something else? Any help is appreciated.
  15. Hello everyone! Was out on a birding trail a few days ago and was able to idenify most birds except the following. Would be awesome if someone could help me out! Thanks!
  16. Unknown Bird Call

    Attached is the bird call. The bird is very loud. It can be heard in Southern Ontario north of Toronto I would really appreciate it if anyone can identify it or narrow it down. Thanks mysterybird2.wav
  17. Eagle ID Help

    I saw this bird today being mobbed by two Common Ravens. My gut says its a Golden Eagle, but I can't stop doubting my initial ID. The bird was seen in Mount Rainier National Park on the Westside Road. It was comparably larger than the two Ravens and a Turkey Vulture that was circling near. The attached pictures are poor, but they are the best I was able to get. Any help confirming or an explanation as to why this is a Bald Eagle would be awesome!
  18. More Hawks

    These were taken by me on April 9th in Tallahassee, FL. I have trouble differentiating hawks. Hawk 1: Hawk 2: Hawk 2 flying:
  19. Hey guys! I'm visiting Del Rio, TX from Seattle! I came across this cool little bird and I can't figure out what it is. He has a black stripe from his head down his back. And he was a noisy little guy with a peculiar chirp. Can't wait to hear what you think!
  20. First, my apologies. I am a new member and mistakenly posted to the North American forum. Reposting here.
  21. Bird ID - Wildlife sanctuary

    Recently while visiting the wildlife sanctuary in Jackson, WY, I took the attached picture, I'm trying to identify same. Thanks.
  22. Hello all, I have a dead skipper and I am trying to figure out what it is. I found it near Algonquin Park, Ontario, perched on Milkweed. I think it kind of resembles Branded Skipper or Leonard's Skipper, but I'm not entirely certain about my identification. What do you think it might be? I attached my drawing of it with limbs and a photo of it without limbs or antennae (they fell off). Please let me know what species you suspect it is! Thanks a bunch, -Caroline
  23. A neighbor photographed this bird in Berkeley Lake, GA, today (7/29/15). Made a sound like an "urp" rather than a "chirp." Can you identify?
  24. I live in Ringgold, VA and my house is out in the open with woods on three sides while an overgrown with brush junkyard before it so there are always birds around. My Nana brought me home from church when we saw a beautiful light purplish-gray bird take off from my yard into the growth while the other birds with him were rather bland. Does anyone have any idea what this bird may have been. I have tried to do the checklist but the Indigo Bunting seems too blue while the Purple Martin is too dark purple plus a sheen. Thanks!
  25. First post! Need an ID. Found on ground, looks young, left wing seems injured when tries to flap, barely can raise it. Possible fall or failed flight from nest near high roof. No parents have showed up in many hours. Has hopped around a little bit, head looking around all day. Getting dark outside. Bringing to wildlife rescue this week. But what bird is it? Please help ID. Approx 4 to 4.5in head to tail perched. Many thanks! P.S. - btw, awesome site here!