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Mar 29, 2017

Mary Lou Leidig

Was going to rescue what I was told was a white dove. Well, this guy was huge, probably bigger than a macaw. He had a bit of a hawk-like look but seemed

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Mar 27, 2017

Majstic, large bird

I can't identify this bird. It was tall, and was perching in a tree over a swamp near the Kennedy Space Center parking lot. Very pronounced ruff of brown

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Mar 27, 2017


We have old birdhouses in yard that are occupied and we want to replace them. When is it the best time to do so and will the birds have time to replace

Continue reading "Chris"

Mar 27, 2017

Kansas City Metro MO

Black body, Red Breast and Belly. The tail is what struck me; it looked like a white braid had been painted down the center of the tail. He was quite

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Mar 23, 2017

Bird nesting in our yard

This tiny bird was one of a pair we discovered in a nest in our avocado tree. Unfortunately its partner died. The bird is very small, maybe 3 inches long,

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Mar 22, 2017

Tiny bird.

it is very tiny, brownish it is not a nuthatch it is smaller, it pecks on dead trees like a woodpecker, I am in SC

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Mar 19, 2017

No Idea What Bird Is

It was small and on my magnolia tree in around September. Was here only that one time.

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Mar 16, 2017

Kauai bird not listed in any books seen in March.

About 6 with dark back and buff belly. Large white circular patch on butt.

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Mar 16, 2017


Long beak bright yellow belly long tail spotted feathers

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Mar 12, 2017

bird with yellow ring around eye

Saw a bird on Indian Key in the Florida Keys. Size of a mockingbird ,mostly gray body with a black stripe on each edge of its tail. White marks,several,

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Mar 06, 2017

Bird seen in Alexandria, VA. Can't identify.

This bird appears to have webbed feet and a small orange beak. What is it?

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Feb 24, 2017

TN bird

I saw a pair of birds today, but did not recognize them. I did not have a camera. the upper part of their body was black and their breast/underpants were

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Feb 23, 2017

Huge Black Bird

It's about the size of a wild female turkey. Is solid black with a straight, non-curved bill that is grayish black. Its underneath feathers (not tail

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Feb 21, 2017


I have 2 white mourning doves. I think both are females. I get 4. Eggs per month. They do not build nests the just set on highest perch and drop an egg

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Feb 20, 2017


It is small like a finch or sparrow Upper two thirds of body is black and a black head,bottom third of body is a grayish colour

Continue reading "George"

Feb 19, 2017

Indiana Mystery

Hi. I live in Northern Indiana...and on several occassions have seen a flock of larger size birds, quite a ways away, and the sound carries...they almost

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Feb 19, 2017


im not a birdwatcher but I saw what I think were egrets flying in vee formation.is this unusual?im in landing,nj

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Feb 18, 2017

alternate facts

1. they DO eat seeds at bird feeders..lots of seeds. they love bird feeders and suet. 2. they ARE aggressive towards other birds...not friendly. 3.

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Feb 16, 2017

a whiskey jack landed on my head

I was out camping with my grandpa and uncles, and I was sitting by the fire, when a whiskey jack landed on my head.

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Feb 14, 2017

Pileated Woodpeckers love suet

I buy the woodpecker suet at Marsh Grocery store. It used to last a long time until the Pileated Woodpecker came along. Now I am buying it pretty often.

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Feb 14, 2017


I just saw a bird in my yard with a speckled breast and belly (white with brown spots), a bright yellow tail and an orange stripe around its head. I'm

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Feb 13, 2017

Feeding on Nectar or mistaking for food?

I looked out the kitchen window and saw a pileated woodpecker hanging on the hummingbird feeder. We made eye contact and then he flew away.

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Feb 07, 2017

a very bad photo! White triangle at end of tail.

A friend of mine has taken an interest in her backyard birds and, knowing I am a birder, sent me this terrible cell phone pic. I thought that the white

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Feb 03, 2017

What is this bird?

Moved into a new home a few months ago and put out a feeder (rest are still packed somewhere) but until today I had no activity. Looked out today and

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Feb 03, 2017

New bird a new house

Moved to a new house a few months ago and to day is the first day I have had birds at my feeder. I had Sparrows, Juncos and this bird. Don't think I

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Feb 01, 2017


it is a grey with a little brown on top. It walks slowly but flies fast. it is seen in my backyard all year round. the grown ups are quite chubby. the

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Jan 30, 2017


A very large hawk perched on a low tree branch in our tiny back yard in Toronto......it was huge, about 24 inches tall with a smallish head.....it could

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Jan 29, 2017

Middle Tennessee

saw probably hundreds of big migrating birds pass high overhead, in Vs, lines and undulating clumps. Darkish birds with pale wings and what looked like

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Jan 29, 2017

Unknown South Central pa

Large red winged chunky chest with large short stout head please help can not find any information on this bird perched in a tree.

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Jan 29, 2017

mystery bird

My husband found this tiny bird in a nature area in Missouri December. It is too small to be a junco.

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Jan 29, 2017

walking grey bird with big body

This bird is in north east texas and was walking across a busy road 1-25-2015 Wednesday around noon. It is about 50 degrees outside. The birds were walking

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Jan 29, 2017

Fun encounter

No picture, sorry...but was entertained by a bird that I first noticed due to it's noise. I then looked up and saw it hovering, but kind of floating skyward,

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Jan 29, 2017

robin sized bird but not robin

brownish grey, long beak, has bib like a meadowlark, red jowls

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Jan 23, 2017

migrating bird

looks like a waxwing but has black crecent on bib and red spot on back of neck traveling with a large group of migrating robins

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Jan 18, 2017

white bird

long thin legs white heavy looking

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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


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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  1. Mary Lou Leidig

    Mar 29, 17 10:05 PM

    Was going to rescue what I was told was a white dove. Well, this guy was huge, probably bigger than a macaw. He had a bit of a hawk-like look but seemed

    Read More

  2. Majstic, large bird

    Mar 27, 17 02:02 PM

    I can't identify this bird. It was tall, and was perching in a tree over a swamp near the Kennedy Space Center parking lot. Very pronounced ruff of brown

    Read More

  3. Chris

    Mar 27, 17 02:00 PM

    We have old birdhouses in yard that are occupied and we want to replace them. When is it the best time to do so and will the birds have time to replace

    Read More