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May 25, 2017

Hawks

Flies into my backyard and terrifies all the black birds and song birds. Its large, haw-like, silver gray with light tan breast and hawk or Kite like bill.

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May 24, 2017

mystery bird

she or he was small like a pheobe black feathers on the back and a white belly but the head had spiky feathers im unsure what kind it was it flies fast

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May 22, 2017

2017 update on Rose Breasted Grosbeaks on our place

It has been a couple of years since 'we' reported on the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at our feeders. Mostly due to having to pull in our bird feeders in April

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May 19, 2017

My hummingbird story

One year, looking out our kitcben window we saw a anna,s hummingbird had built a nest in our tangelo tree, about 2-3 feet away. We looked at them every

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May 17, 2017

2nd sighting in Jacksonville Florida

April 26 2017 male and female visited feeder for three days. I had sighting on feeder about the same time 3 years ago . It seems like the males move on

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May 16, 2017

Sweettea

Yellow, small. Made nest on my porch. Think there is a male too. I live in South Louisiana.

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May 15, 2017

How do I deal with chipmunks who eat all the food?

We have a good-quality squirrel buster bird feeder that works well for squirrels, but last spring and this spring we have been bothered by a chipmunk.

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May 15, 2017

First sighting

May 11, 2017 I had a male and a female Rose Breasted Grosbeak show up at my feeder. The female I thought was a female house finch. The male I thought

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May 12, 2017

huge baby bird! help ID

found in Dublin,TX. large baby bird..brown/ tan with white forming on wings. large black angular beak ..doesn't have primary feathers yet. growing in may

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May 12, 2017

Red Breasted Grosbeaks in Chicagoland

We just put up our birdfeeders at our new home in Frankfort IL (SW suburb of Chicago) on 5/7 and had at least 3 different Grosbeaks at our feeders the

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May 12, 2017

Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Sprinboro ohio

For the past 2 weeks we have been more than excited to see not ONE but TWO male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks. And now, today May 11, 2017 we encountered our

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May 11, 2017

Grossbeaks coming around every day!

What beautiful birds. We usually see them for one day, once or twice a year. But this year they have come to our feeders for four days, and all day! Both

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May 10, 2017

Laura KP

We've lived in this house for 9 years, and the birds common in our wooded back yard (red pines and honeysuckle bushes) are: Northern Cardinals Black Capped

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May 10, 2017

Senior Citizen

Saw a bird perched on my Sheppard hook just outside Beàver Dam, Wi. It was the size of a Blue Jay but didn't have the coloring of a Blue Jay, except for

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May 10, 2017

Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Englewood, Florida

For the last three days, I have had a male rose breasted grosbeak at my feeders. I was quite surprised and pleased to see this unusual visitor; none of

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May 10, 2017

Exciting but not great

I was looking out my kitchen window a little while ago and saw a bird I have never had in my yard before. It is about the size of a cardinal with gray

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May 09, 2017

Large turkey like but with some red on breast

Visiting neighborhood in SW portland, tame.

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May 09, 2017

White and Black bird in Southern Indiana

Seen along a creek in Southern Indiana

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May 09, 2017

Rose-breasted grosbeak in Northern Kentucky

First time seeing a rose-breasted grosbeak. Today is May 9th 2017 and I just saw a rose-breasted grosbeak feeding with a cardinal at my backyard feeder

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May 08, 2017

Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Essexville, MI.

I have been feeding birds in my backyard since 1988 and I saw this beautiful bird eating black oiled sunflower seeds on a cardinal flat feeder. I had

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May 08, 2017

No title, just curious in NEW MEXICO, LAS CRUCES AREA

While walking my dog the other night, I felt bad for the bird that wont be hatched. Because I found on the ground below the tree in the park I walk in

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May 08, 2017

1st time at the feeder

i built plain wood box frame with wire screen stretched across it and placed it on our deck. it's filled safflower seeds for the various birds and squirrels.

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May 07, 2017

My Feisty Rose Breasted Grosbeak

I live in Jackson, NJ and this week I was very surprised to see a male Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my feeder. The feeder is an Audubon brand with extra long

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May 07, 2017

Atlanta Sighting

I just went out on my back porch and saw a bird I haven't seen before. I looked it up and it was a Rose Breasted Grosbeaks. It was very pretty. Black and

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May 07, 2017

Ellen

slightly smaller than a robin. hopping around backyear. black cap and buff colored body. one had a tail that seemed to be held up. The other didn't seem

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May 06, 2017

Rose-breasted grosbeaks

I am so excited!! i have been feeding birds for 10 years and I have never seen a rose-breasted grosbeak. last year i saw the male in early May only 1 time

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May 06, 2017

Brown Bird needs to be identified

Today is the first time I have ever seen this bird at one of my feeders....Larger than a Sparrow, fuller body than a sparrow, black on the tip of the beak...Very

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May 04, 2017

Motherlode!

Here in Evansville, IN, the southernmost part of the state and on the Ohio river, we've often had an occasional visit by the grosbeak, but nothing like

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May 04, 2017

The Joys of bird watching!

We recently bought a home in Southern Indiana with a huge yard and many trees, I am so fortunate to for the first time enjoy the Rose Breasted Grisbeaks!

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May 04, 2017

Short visit to our suet feeder.

This woodpecker spent several minutes on the deck railing near our suet feeder. A beautiful spring day in mid 70s. Northeast GA - Suwanee. Deep brown coloration

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May 04, 2017

Pair of males

I have a tube feeder next to a suet cage. Two rose breasted gros beaks have been just hanging out in that feeder. They only leave if the wood pecked comes

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May 04, 2017

Ms Dory

I'm on Long Island, NY The birds I have here are dark colored feathers with orange/rusty colored breasts...and a bright yellow beak and dark heads. I would

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May 04, 2017

Cool

Black back body with white on the wings white belly with a red patch on his upper chest. He is about 4/5 inches. He was in our back yard feeder in Milton,

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May 04, 2017

Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

I had my first male grosbeak 4 days ago. And now I have two that visit my feeders several times throughout the day! They seem to LOVE this fruit and nut

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May 04, 2017

In bird feeder

Black feathers, white chest with red at the top and white beak. We live in the country. Never have seen one here before.

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May 03, 2017

pic bird

It appears to be family of the croaking ground dove has a red line on the wing. could you please assist in identifying this bird?

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May 01, 2017

Sweet song

This tiny, plain bird builds in small houses in our backyard. The pair come and go and there is constant song. Brown above, buff beneath no bars or streaks.

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May 01, 2017

Red breasted Grosbeak in our yard in Bethel Ohio

We always put out Black Oil sunflower seeds in our feeders year round. This winter I left my empty flower pots hanging on hooks, We started sprinkling

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May 01, 2017

Strange larger sized bird on neighbor's roof

White head, black body, white tail, much larger than the average backyard birds. Appeared to have a large chest. Photographed in Concord, NC. 4-30-17

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May 01, 2017

Chickadee's with yellow on cap and yellow wing stripes

They appear to be chickadee's almost exactly except they have yellow on both their head and wings. They are showing up all over MN in abundance. I have

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Apr 29, 2017

Gray Jay Nesting Oddity

Looking out of my bedroom window one fine morning, I spied a pair of gray jays on the telephone wire outside. Had never seen any of these, although we

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Apr 28, 2017

Are these guys Mocking birds?

They are very protective of their territory and afraid of absolutely nothing.

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Apr 28, 2017

mrscolumbo

i live in the greater los angeles area. i noticed a strange bird sitting on my neighbors antenna. i know almost all birds around here. this bird took

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Apr 27, 2017

Little swooping bird

I live in Las Vegas NV. It's the end of April. I'm confused about this bird I saw today. I have hummingbird feeder and I've watched them for years. Never

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Apr 27, 2017

Mini Roadrunner

The bird was a beautiful white, gray and black just walking very quick and precise. It saw the fence ahead and flew into the next yard and started the

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Apr 26, 2017

Adult Male Breasted First Sighting in Florida

My hubby has five feeders strategically located in our backyard and has enjoyed this hobby for many years. During the migration season he will feed with

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Apr 25, 2017

I'm a construction worker

Yes bird head like a electric blue head and then a greenish gold on the breast and the rest of the body was a charcoal color

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Apr 25, 2017

Small Finch-sized bird, black with jeweled turquoise tones

I was not fast enough to get a picture. I saw it on the ground below two feeders, one with sunflower seeds, other nyjer (sp?) seeds. When I came back

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Apr 25, 2017

Pair of grosbeaks

I have had feeders in my yard in SW Florida for about 3 years. We get about 20-30 different types of birds annually, but the most notable bird was the

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  1. Hawks

    May 25, 17 03:35 PM

    Flies into my backyard and terrifies all the black birds and song birds. Its large, haw-like, silver gray with light tan breast and hawk or Kite like bill.

    Read More

  2. mystery bird

    May 24, 17 06:51 PM

    she or he was small like a pheobe black feathers on the back and a white belly but the head had spiky feathers im unsure what kind it was it flies fast

    Read More

  3. 2017 update on Rose Breasted Grosbeaks on our place

    May 22, 17 01:56 PM

    It has been a couple of years since 'we' reported on the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at our feeders. Mostly due to having to pull in our bird feeders in April

    Read More