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Jan 11, 2017

New Jersey Backyard

Woke up yesterday morning to find a group of about a dozen of these large-breasted birds with proportionately small heads and a long tail. Suburban Southern

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Dec 31, 2016

L Spence

I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The

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Dec 31, 2016

North Central Minnesota

We have lived in this home for 12 years and have had a pair of Pileateds coming to our feeders every year all winter long. They are here all year round.

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Dec 31, 2016

mystery bird in Missouri

Light grey not a short tail, slight hook on beak and gold eyes

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Dec 31, 2016

late season migrating bird

In Naperville IL, 12/31/2016. Huge flock of smallish brown birds with longish beaks. They were covering the road, holding up traffic in our local forest

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Dec 25, 2016

Mourning Dove with red cap

A few days ago, I spotted a new bird at my feeder in Western PA. I get a lot of cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, and

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Dec 23, 2016

Need Help Indentifying Birds!

We have a group of birds at our house and I don't know what they are. I live in tasmaina, and the bird has black halfway don the body and brown the other

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Dec 20, 2016

Strange little bird

I have a pair of noise little birds that look like a common Sparrow but have a long curved beak. They are very timid little creatures and dart in and

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Dec 16, 2016

Large grey bird with black cap

I saw a rather large bird on my deck on the bird bath. It was darkish grey, almost charcoal, with a lighter underside. It had a very slim beak, and a

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Dec 16, 2016

Hawk?

Some type of bird of prey is in our tree. It will catch and eat other birds. Red or rust breast, two tone gray head. Hard to see in the early morning light.

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Dec 13, 2016

Flickers: Red-Shafted vs Yellow-Shafted

There are often a lot of questions about the differences between the Red-Shafted and The Yellow-Shafted Flickers. So I am adding some photos I took of

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Dec 13, 2016

Small yellow/olive breasted bird in PA

Little bird knocked on the window a few times. In Pennsylvania. Winter. Anyone know what he is?

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Dec 09, 2016

Flicker or meadowlark

Black v on chest ,red stripe on back of neck horizontally

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Dec 05, 2016

Grey bird with curved beak.

Grey bird pecking at our drain spout like a woodpecker but had a curved beak. When I tried to look it up it seemed like a Whitebreasted Thrasher but they

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Dec 03, 2016

Alk2040

Brown to tan bird with some upright feathers on crown a little red stripe on back and bright yellow tipped tail

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Dec 03, 2016

Never seen one before , spotted on the golf course

Medium size bird hopping in the grass then flew off. It had the most irridecent flame red/ orange feathers on the breast the rest was dark . I jave never

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Nov 28, 2016

Spotted bird in planter box

He's a small spotted bird in Southern California. He's burrowing into a planter box in our front courtyard to keep warm. Wondering what kind of bird

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Nov 26, 2016

Linda

MS? Very tiny, 2-3 inch, very shy, black/ deep charcoal ,round shape. VERY fast, daily to my deck in central MS. Much too quick to photograph.

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Nov 26, 2016

Bird of prey

All grey looked like it was wearing a helmet. In tree at the edge of forest /swamp Puslinch edge of 401 township. Medium size not as bifg as a hawk. Looked

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Nov 20, 2016

Red bellied woodpecker in Nova Scotia

Twice in the last 2 weeks (Nov.2016) I have seen what I believe is a female red bellied woodpecker. Never saw one before, my bird book says they only come

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Nov 17, 2016

dana

I have a pair of very blue birds with distinct white stripes on their backs

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Nov 16, 2016

Very interested in a small bird outside my window!

The bird was small and very round, colored brown with a black tail as long as its body, and a white or grey chest. It kept bobbing up and down, moving

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Nov 15, 2016

What kind of bird?

This was taken on the north side of Atlanta Georgia. As you can see, in a wooded area. Just wondering what kind of bird this is.

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Nov 08, 2016

Bird continually flying into my window from branch 2 feet away

I have a gray bird flying into windows of my home, a small bathroom window most of the time from a branch about 2 feet away. It also sits on the ledge

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Nov 06, 2016

east tennessee looks like a kiwi

Bird is largish, has coloring of a female duck, spiky beak, and seems to prefer to run than to fly.

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Oct 27, 2016

Bird with a loud call/screech at dawn

Hi - it's been a few years, so memory is hazy. I'm trying to identify a bird I met during one of my stays in Australia. I was somewhere between Sydney

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Oct 26, 2016

What bird is this

There was a group of birds in PA. The birds were small, fat and round, and looked like a mini chicken. Their backs were spotted dark brown with a longer

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Oct 24, 2016

What sort of pigeon is this?

It looks like a pigeon is completely white with a beige brown back and center of the tail. Has short feather on its feet (stockings). And a little extra

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Oct 20, 2016

Pigeon Like Bird

The bird has a grey head, orange beak, one shade of green on its back till it reaches a yellow line of feathers then changes to another shade of green.

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Oct 18, 2016

Red Breasted Grosbeaks at feeders this Fall in Georgia

For the past month I have had 4 Rose Breasted Grosbeaks continually feeding at my feeders. I live north of Atlanta and this is early Fall. I keep thinking

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Oct 16, 2016

Help Identify

This bird came into the house through an open door. I have never seen one like this. He was black with beautiful bright orange accents on his wings and

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Oct 07, 2016

redbreasted grosbeak upstate south carolina (westminster)

been here 12 years first time we have seen them. At our feeders, where we are using safflower seeds for our homesteaders, they are getting real happy.

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Oct 06, 2016

A visit from a beautiful bird

I have a wooden feeder with a slightly peeked wooden top and glass in front and back where I fill with black oiled sunflower seeds. It hangs on my den

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Oct 06, 2016

Cumming, ga October 6, 2016

It was the first siting of this beautiful bird in our dogwood tree off of our porch. Was so thrilled called my husband to see him. Stood there in amazement

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Oct 06, 2016

Immature flicker?

This bird appeared at our suet feeder this fall and stayed for about 15 minutes. Can you identify it for me?

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Sep 30, 2016

Bird with knocking vocals

I live in the North West part of Vermont. I cannot see the bird, but has a very distinct clear knocking click vocalization. What could it be?

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Sep 28, 2016

White chunky bird with black trim and feathery "pantaloons".

Bird looks like a white pigeon , black on wings with feathery tops of kegs

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Sep 28, 2016

need help with ID

I saw a flock of around 20 medium sized birds (smaller than a gull, but possibly a little larger than a robin),they were 1 1/2 miles from the confluence

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Sep 27, 2016

Flickers Galore

We live in the Midwest and have been seeing as many as ten flickers eating in my neighbors yard. I think they are eating grubs. I have never seen that

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Sep 27, 2016

jamesmoore

It is grey with a long beak and a white ring around it's neck. The bird is about the size of a dove and I live in Florida near the Georgia line.

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Sep 25, 2016

D.Fudge

Larger brown bird with polka dot feathers on their chest and belly/ Long dark beak.

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Sep 13, 2016

Seen at Khao Yai, Thailand

Short toed snake eagle or a mountain hawk eagle Seen 5=6 days ago at Khao Yai, national park in Thailand.

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Sep 06, 2016

Larger black bibbed white bellied bord

We heard a beautiful song in tall trees in back of yard. Waited until it flew to catch a glimpse. My granddaughter and I saw a bird larger than a blue

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Sep 06, 2016

What kind of a bird is this?

What kind of a bird is this? I saw it but I don't really have a name.

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Sep 05, 2016

Small brown bird with a very distinct sound, sparrow?

Small bird with a really nice sound, bird house only has a small whole. Birds location is around Chicago Illinois. Picture taken middle of August

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Aug 24, 2016

Brown bird with crest

I am in a chicago suburb. Today i saw a brownish tan bird in my backyard. it had a very distinctive crest. at first i thought maybe a female cardinal but

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Aug 24, 2016

Homemade nectar

Can you use coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar?

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Aug 23, 2016

Dark bird with black spiky head that looks like a pointed cap

I see small flocks of these birds in the Pasadena area. They have white throats and rosey coloring under the tail.

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Aug 22, 2016

large group of birds in South Louisiana (New Orleans area)

There were hundreds of the same specie of birds on our very large lawn earlier today looked to be feeding. They have varied brownish wings and back but

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  1. New Jersey Backyard

    Jan 11, 17 10:20 AM

    Woke up yesterday morning to find a group of about a dozen of these large-breasted birds with proportionately small heads and a long tail. Suburban Southern

    Read More

  2. L Spence

    Dec 31, 16 08:25 PM

    I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The

    Read More

  3. North Central Minnesota

    Dec 31, 16 08:23 PM

    We have lived in this home for 12 years and have had a pair of Pileateds coming to our feeders every year all winter long. They are here all year round.

    Read More