Canadian Bird?

by Deb
(Springwater township, Ontario, Canada)

Every summer I have two different types of birds that come to feed. The first is completely blue bird that looks like and is the size of a swallow but not the dark blue but a few shades lighter and very shiny, almost a periwinkle colour. It also has dark eyes and legs. The second looks like a canary, but is bright orange with wings that are tipped black. I am used to alot of birds as I get alot of time to look, but these seem to be new, How can i tell what they are??? Thank-you :)

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Mar 08, 2013
Not much to go on but . . . NEW
by: GaryE

Ok that is not a whole lot to go on but according to one of my bird books (that organizes birds by color)

all blue or mostly blue birds include:
Indigo Bunting
Mountain Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird


My best guess is some kind of oriole for the orange bird but oriole's usually prefer fruit and grape jelly and things like that over seed (but they will eat seed as well it is just not their preferred food source) so I am far less than certain.

Orange Birds with black wings include:
Prothonotary Warbler (wings are more grey than black and the bird is mostly
Scarlet Tanager (but is more red than orange and all of its wings are black)
Altamira Oriole (more yellow than orange and wings are all black with some white)
Spot-breasted Oriole (but has some orange on its breast)

so that is 7 birds for you to consider. What I would recommend from here would be to go to the following site http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search and look up each of those birds. When you are on that site after searching for those birds take a look near the bottom of the page . . . there are color variations of each bird down there (for different sexes or just different colors depending upon location or whether it is breeding time or if they are young or whatever) make sure you check out each of those pics . . . also take a look at the part near the bottom of the page where it says similar species and take a look at each of those pages as well. All of that could easily result in 15 - 30 different species. Which is why I did not go further in my search LOL

The alternative is to go to your local library and spend a few minutes poking around the bird identification books there or if you are an avid birder you could just buy a book (or two or three) for yourself. Any way you look at it without a picture it is going to be hard for most of us to help you unfortunately!

Good Luck! And let us know if you figure it out.

Gary

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