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  1. My husband found this young bird last year on April 24, 2017 in our backyard, near Branford, Florida, in the Northern part of Florida...but not in the Panhandle. We are about 60 or so miles south of the Georgia State Line. It was perched on a thin branch at eye level. He looked at us but never moved around much the branch or tryed to fly or made the slightest sound. It was a breezy and cooler than normal day for the end of April. (The baby may be a she but I tend to say HE and mom as SHE to keep it all straight.) In fact, he took a nap while he was waiting for his mother to came back to him. It appeared that it was learning to fly, by the activity we observed over the next 2 hours. We didn't touch him but I did take a lot of pictures of him! Some very close and some from pretty far away. After I took some close up pictures, I move to a spot pretty far away where I could watch over him. His mother came back about half an hour later. He heard her chirp and started chirping like crazy. She came to him and fed him. Then she tried to get him to fly from branch to branch going higher each time...I figured she was trying to get him back to the nest. He got up into the big tree but was too tired, I guess, because mom left again and the little one took another nap and stayed very still and took another nap. She came back and fed him again a bit later and they went farther up the tree until I could no longer watch them. I don't know if he was learning to fly or fell from the nest, but I like to think he got back home, safe and sound. I got about 100 pictures out of the heart warming meeting, but I have not been able to find pictures of a bird that looks exactly like him. I've checked for pictures online a few times but; The Yellow-Throated Vireo looks the most like them. One of the first things we saw on the baby was that he had BLUE legs/feet & Beak! The mom had a lot more yellow down her chest about half way then a white belly. I could see that mom had 2 white bands on each of the wings. The baby didn't have nearly as much yellow on his chest and his head and back are more gray looking with a yellowish tint on the edges of the feathers whereas the pictures I have seen online are more yellow/greenish...? I never got a great shot (camera)of the mom to see the color of her head and back. All the pictures I got of mom were with the baby in more shaded and from far away. I could see that she had a lot more yellow down her chest, though. I am hoping to find out what they were. We had never seen any others around here and we feed the wild birds year round plus have a bird bath that they all seem to like. We feed black oil Sunflower seeds and Thistle seeds from different feeders in the backyard (We live in a very wooded area.) The only picture I have where you can see mom is in black and white due to it being in so much shade. If anyone knows what kind of bird this is, I would be very happy to finally know. Thanks.