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  1. This is the first time I've seen one of these in my yard (Virginia). Is it a Fox Sparrow?
  2. 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
  3. While in the woods...

    I guess I could use a little help once again in bird ID. Anyone know what this little cutie-pie is???
  4. Help me identify this bird

    Please help me identify this New Jersey bird. I know the image quality really isn't that great- the bird is in the middle. Thank you, any guesses would be appreciated as well, since it's hard to make out the details.
  5. Help Identify Birds that appeared April 8 in feeder next to wooded area 50 miles south of Chicago. Most likely migrating. Thanks.
  6. Help Identify Birds that appeared April 8 in feeder next to wooded area 50 miles south of Chicago. Most likely migrating. Thanks.
  7. Please ID

    Please help ID this bird. About the size of a gull, 'all' white. Beak about the same size as head, pale in colour, flies like a gull. Webbed feet, black. Found in Newfoundland, but not naive to, I don't think. Thanks.
  8. Hello! I need some help. I've been trying to find out what this bird is for the past two weeks. I recently moved to northern Michigan, where my property backs up to many, many miles of the Huron National Forest. I've searched online, posted to groups, asked neighbors and still have nothing. People in the area call it the "flute bird" and one lady said she calls it the "windchime bird." It's THE most beautiful, melodious song I've ever heard, and in fact does resemble both a flute and/or windchimes. These birds are most active in the evening, as the sun is setting until just dark. While I've never been able to see anything, my guess is that they hang out high in the tree tops of the red pine, since that's what makes up most of the forest behind me. Their call is much louder than in my poor video (sorry -- you'll have to put on headphones or turn the volume way up) and their sound carries across the area quite some ways. From what I've been able to discern, it's the same type of call only in 3 or 4 different pitches. The highest pitch is so faint that indeed it does sound like a very light windchime or piccolo. Does anyone have any idea? I've spent hours in front of a computer listening to bird songs, and have come up with nothing that resembles this. Thank you in advance! ~Maria