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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.

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Can someone please help me ID this bird.  Southwest, lower Michigan, this afternoon.  Whatever it is, will be a lifer for me. Never saw this type before.

UNKNOWN BIRD

 

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Thank you. That was my 3rd guess behind olive sparrow ('cept with black legs and feet).  Cow bird makes sense. I have seen a few male brown-head cowbirds here in the past week.

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An Olive Sparrow in the snow would be a once-in-a-lifetime event! The farthest north you find them is the Rio Grande valley in South Texas.

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45 minutes ago, Jetman said:

Never claimed to be an expert at bird ID'ing & now you've re-confirmed my lack of expertise, LOL!

Fortunately, you don't have to be born with it.  It's a skill you can develop.  You'll get there!

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4 hours ago, psweet said:

We all started there -- no worries!

Some of us never left there. :P   

I'm still holding out for my elusive Purple Finch. 

I will find you!  ::Liam Neeson voice::

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10 hours ago, Totah Sam said:

I'm still holding out for my elusive Purple Finch. 

I swear, I'm gonna grab a House Finch, actually stuff it in raspberry juice, and mark the dang thing.  ;)

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18 hours ago, Totah Sam said:

Some of us never left there. :P   

I'm still holding out for my elusive Purple Finch. 

I will find you!  ::Liam Neeson voice::

One if these days I'll have to do a post about how long it took, how many miles I hiked, and how much time spent to find my first Purple Finch. I worked twice as hard for that bird than any other.

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I ve been searching most of my adult life for one of the more common birds throughout the US and still, NADA.    All I ask for is a simple Screech Owl. 

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1 hour ago, Pigeon said:

I ve been searching most of my adult life for one of the more common birds throughout the US and still, NADA.    All I ask for is a simple Screech Owl. 

Yah, but that's a legitimate hard bird to see.

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4 hours ago, Pigeon said:

I ve been searching most of my adult life for one of the more common birds throughout the US and still, NADA.    All I ask for is a simple Screech Owl. 

Just to rub it in (cuz I'm evil like that) I had a family of screech owls living in my fireplace at the old house.  I didn't use that fireplace for 3 years when I found their nest.  I would go out on the porch at twilight and watch them sneak in and out of that old fireplace.  It's still standing even though the house burned.  I'm hoping they return.  :)

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I would sell my sole (notice the spelling) for a family of Screech Owls to nest in my yard..  I did, once, have a family of kestrels nest in a hole in a large limb of a tree in my back yard, when I lived on Long Island . Raise a nest and departed. Not long after, a storm removed that limb and I never saw them again. Life is good when you have birds nesting in your yard. 

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