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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

Continue reading "Paula"

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

Continue reading "Marlene"

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.

Continue reading "Hawk?"

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


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


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


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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  1. Paula

    Feb 21, 17 10:15 PM

    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

    Read More

  2. George

    Feb 20, 17 11:38 AM

    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

    Read More

  3. Indiana Mystery

    Feb 19, 17 02:25 PM

    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

    Read More