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  1. 2 to Identify

    Hello, I am new to this site and it was recommended to me from a flickr group. I recently spotted 2 birds and I'm having some trouble identifying. I am not good with shorebirds and the other one was a surprise. Here is the shorebird. All three photos are the same bird. These were taken at the end of November in Southern California. https://www.flickr.com/photos/98262695@N06/38668487974/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/98262695@N06/24511747517/in/dateposted-public/ This next one was a surprise. I didn't have my contacts and thought I was taking a picture of a Western Kingbird (there was one there and I have that photo), but these look different. One suggested ID was a Cedar Waxwing. https://www.flickr.com/photos/98262695@N06/38499108995/in/dateposted-public/ Thank you for your help! B
  2. Night heron?

    I saw this bird yesterday around sunset. It was hanging out in a tree above a small pond full of mallard ducks. This is in the Southern California region really close to a beach. I tried to look it up and it looks like a night heron but I couldn't see any white plumes on its head so I wasn't sure.
  3. Hello I have taken photos of the hummingbirds in my yard, I think they are all the same kind. Here is a link to two photos of the same bird, one on a flower and then he flitted to the feeder. On the feeder you can see his tail feathers albeit a little blurred. I hope that you can give me an opinion of what you think she/he might be. I am in Fountain VAlley, California, Orange County, 3 miles inland from ocean, photos taken noonish today. They are the first two photos on this web page: http://garden.cathrynhatfield.com/birds/ Thank you
  4. Hi! A bird has been hanging out in the tree outside our window for two weeks now, eating from our bird feeder and watching everything we do in the living room. At first I thought the stationary activity was because s/he was sick (there is no nest in sight, and he roosts here ALL day and night), but now I am wondering if s/he was previously domestic. It seems that a ringneck dove is domestic and a eurasian collared dove is not. Could anyone help me determine what kind of dove s/he is? The coo sounds like the one identified on youtube as a ringneck dove, but I'm not a bird expert and it could be misidentified/share the same coo as a collared dove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbkOqgvqId0&t=50s
  5. So, I've never heard this animal noise before but I heard it tonight with my family outside my house. We believe it's a bird but we can't be sure because it's night and we couldn't figure out where it was. It seemed to get louder when we talked louder. There was also a cat outside curious about it who was wearing a bell (We know the cat was not making the noise). Any clue what it might be? I feel like it could be a baby or some released pet, but I have no idea. I've never identified bird sounds. Squawking Copy 2.m4a Squawking Copy.m4a
  6. What the Duck?

    Brown Ducks at a lake in the mountains this weekend.... Probably just winter or juvenile plumage that's throwing me off. Help?
  7. Shorebird in SoCal

    It was so tiny and adorable!! Smallest shorebird on the beach that day. I know a lot of shorebirds look different in their first or second year, but this one had a differently shaped beak and was the only one of it's kind, as far as I could tell. By the by, how do you post a picture from flickr instead of the link? https://flic.kr/p/N5y1Th https://flic.kr/p/N5y223 https://flic.kr/p/NmACvm
  8. Labor Day weekend at a beach in Southern San Diego but waterfowl/shorebirds have never been my specialty... Help me out! I love watching them, I just don't know what they are! I saw the bigger reddish brown ones first and then the smaller grey one. Then they joined forces to patrol the waters together. Meanwhile, seagulls fought over a carcass of a smaller bird. Kinda interesting to see them fight over something that they would normally eat instead of junky people food. Also, interesting to see people reacting to the seagulls flying overhead with carcass entrails flopping around. Happy birding~
  9. Color morphed blackbird?

    I was at a park the other day and there was a large group of Brewer's Blackbirds around. And then there was this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138153206@N03/28684058955/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/138153206@N03/28600479151/in/dateposted-public/ In the attached pic, you can see how much he stands out in the crowd. I think he was a brewer's like the rest but the grey patterns were so unique and absolutely gorgeous. Was this one just a juvenile or was he a morph?
  10. Audio Only Bird Call

    You might have to turn your volume up.. I hear this bird every morning and although I've probably seen the bird around at some point, I've never seen *and* heard it at the same time so I have no idea who is singing this lovely morning song. I get my binoculars out and scan the trees but never spot anything. I live in San Diego, CA, away from the city center. The picture attached shows the area where I live so that you can get a general idea of the surroundings and terrain. All my friends know to come to me for bird IDs and advice... I'm supposed to be the go-to birder. But this time I'm stumped. Any help is appreciated Popular Area Species include: Bewick's Wrens, California Towhees and Black Phoebes. Song.mp3
  11. Hi, I am new to this forum and wanted to say hello and share my joy of watching Hooded Orioles and Hummingbirds swarm and share the hummingbird feeders at my garden patios this summer. I have 4 (First Nature) hummingbird feeders and I'm going through about 8 pounds of sugar per month keeping them filled due to all the bird action. Luckily my house has floor to ceiling windows overlooking each garden so it's a constant feast for the eyes watching all the bird activity. I am absolutely transfixed every morning watching with coffee in hand! I just looked out to see 3 female Hooded Orioles, one at each feeder, with 2 males in the palm tree looking on; while the hummers swarmed the feeders awaiting their turn. Last weekend I videoed a frenzy of a dozen or more hummers flying around a male Oriole at the feeder. I've seen hummingbirds land on the feeder while a female Oriole is feeding but never with the male Orioles. The Orioles chatter loudly and seem to play with each other. I've see as many as 6 at a time in my small yard... they are very social with each other, fun and so colorful to watch. Love the bright yellow color of the male and KiWi colored females. I bought the Orioles their own feeder which they completely ignored. Also tried feeding grape jelly and oranges with no luck. They prefer the First Nature nectar feeders which have ports large enough for their beaks, so why mess with success? I had a seed feeder up for House Finches, Goldfinches and Nutmeg Mannikins, however a Male Pin-Tailed Whydah showed up and aggressively ran off the other birds constantly. He was so noisy and disruptive I have temporarily removed my seed feeder. Around the neighborhood we call the Whydah "Crazy Bird" for the way he spins, flutters and dives. From what I have read, the Whydah is native to South Africa but has grown in population in the Southwestern US and Florida. There are squirrels that also visit each day eating walnuts and pecans from my hand. Sometimes with all the animals visiting at once I just sit in awe and feel blessed to be surrounded by so much nature while living in the heart of a highly populated area. It's a little oasis! I've taken lots of pictures and videos however my iPhone 6 doesn't seem to do justice. I will try to post a couple here. Anyone else from the OC have these birds visiting their back yard??
  12. always see these little birds at the beach was wondering what kind of birds they are
  13. Help with ID

    Making myself crazy trying to figure out what this bird is! A pair has been living in our backyard all summer, possibly hatched one baby. La Habra, CA (north Orange Co/southeast LA Co)
  14. So I was taking a walk today in Felicita Park which is in Escondido, CA. I ran across three birds that I can not identify. I know one of them is a hawk, but I can't figure out what type. The other is maybe a warbler. And the third is some type of crane or egret. Can someone help me out? Thank You. You can check out the video at
  15. Went with my camera to Bolsa Chica Wetlands in So. Cal. on the spur of the moment the other day and took some pictures--caught a few terns on the wing, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to tell them all apart. Would definitely appreciate help! (You can click to make the pictures bigger! Also, sorry for the lower quality--low light and fast moving birds = blur!) One with a black bill that I think might be a Forster's Tern (tail is kind of short though)? And one with an orange bill that might be an Elegant Tern?