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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:29 pm 
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When someone sees the specs and says, "Hey, you must know about birds, right? I saw this really weird bird the other day it had.." it's always a northern flicker.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:41 am 
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Here, it's a Jay. And if it is a "really weird call" it will be a Great Tit.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:56 am 
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Here, it's a Jay. And if it is a "really weird call" it will be a Great Tit.


Are english jays corvids (crow family) like ours?

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Yes they are, and I'll echo Devondancer's remark. Here it IS always a Jay. Once in a while it's a Grebe or a Hoopooe, but most of the time, it's a Jay.

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Around here is southeastern Virginia it is likely going to be a Painted Bunting during the winter months. We have more in the state this year than ever recorded. Photos rarely do it justice.
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I like that red malar on the red shafted flicker.


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Roseate spoonbill for us . . . and they nearly always think the creature was the victim of dye-wielding pranksters . . .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseate_Spoonbill

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I've seen these handsome things in my yards on a couple of occassions.

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Wow, I didn't know they had Painted Buntings in Southern VA.
DWest I am not joking when I am asking this. Is the animal in your avatar a sheep or a dog?

(Perhaps a sheep dog :boggle: )


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Oh sorry the red-crested bloke is a Pileated Woodpecker.

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tin-titan wrote:
Oh sorry the red-crested bloke is a Pileated Woodpecker.


I don't have a backyard, but I've seen a pileated woodpecker in Vancouver, a mile or so from my apartment. Most laypeople who see a pw can get as far as recognising that they've seen a woodpecker of some kind. The automatic flicker rule applies when they can get no further than 'it's a bird..' They have no idea that what they're looking at was also a woodpecker.

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Unfortunately, in the last ten to twenty years I have hardly seen any flickers. There numbers seemed to have dwindled here.

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tin-titan wrote:

Wow, I didn't know they had Painted Buntings in Southern VA.
DWest I am not joking when I am asking this. Is the animal in your avatar a sheep or a dog?

(Perhaps a sheep dog :boggle: )
We have Painted Buntings in several spots around the state, including the mountains, this winter. One of my greatest certainties during the winter months is that at some point I will identify a yellow-rumped warbler,we call them butter-butts, as at least three different other highly unlikely species.

My avatar is a bird dog, and she's not sheepish about anything. She is an Irish Water Spaniel and the cutest dog on this planet. Right now she is watching Cardinals, chickadees, white throated sparrows, house finches, a red-bellied, cowbirds, blue jays, goldfinches, kinglets, white-breasted nuthatches, titmice, robins, waxwings, song sparrows, turkey vultures and ring-billed gulls. Robins seem to be her favorite.


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These are the ones that get non-bird-oriented people talking around here:
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Western Tanager

And so do these:
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Lilac-crowned Amazon (we've got a flock of wild ones in Santa Barbara)

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I want to see a Painted Bunting.

Around here this summer, it was Orieles. The orange portions, as shown in the picture, were more brown and they looked more like humongous baby robins.

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mutepointe wrote:
I want to see a Painted Bunting.

Around here this summer, it was Orieles. The orange portions, as shown in the picture, were more brown and they looked more like humongous baby robins.

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Orchard orioles are brown and black.
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Never seen one in BC, but I've seen the occasional indigo bunting in Ontario. In the bunting family, it's the sibling that inherited all the class:

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