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Tree Swallow Gender? - Eastern Ontario, Canada

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Old Sunday 23rd April 2017, 14:53   #1
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Tree Swallow Gender? - Eastern Ontario, Canada

Shot this tree swallow this morning in eastern Ontario, Canada (at least I'm pretty sure it's a tree swallow). I think it's a female, but not sure. Can someone positively ID its gender and maybe its age? Thanks.
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Old Sunday 23rd April 2017, 15:11   #2
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I don't think the sexes are separable?

Looks like an adult to me

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Old Sunday 23rd April 2017, 15:41   #3
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This is an adult male Tree Swallow. Females are browner and duller.
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Old Sunday 23rd April 2017, 16:58   #4
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Probably male, though extra-bright adult females do occur and are not always separable from their male counterparts.

And, please, birds have "sexes" not "genders". . ..
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hi everyone I am new to the Forum I live in south Louisiana and I just found a small blue egg by itself laying in the middle of my lawn can anyone help me try to determine which type of egg this is?
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Egg identification help?

hi everyone I am new to the Forum I live in south Louisiana and I just found a small blue egg by itself laying in the middle of my lawn can anyone help me try to determine which type of egg this is?
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hi everyone I am new to the Forum I live in south Louisiana and I just found a small blue egg by itself laying in the middle of my lawn can anyone help me try to determine which type of egg this is?
Probably American Robin: it lays blue eggs and commonly nests in suburban settings. To pin down the ID, it would be helpful to know the size (length/breadth, preferably in millimeters)
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thanks you fugl, I will try to get that information, since it was not a nest or anything just laying out in the yard on the ground in the rain is there anyway I could make a nest and put it in there with a heat lamp n save it?
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We seem to have merged two threads here?


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Thanks, everyone, for the Tree Swallow replies.
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Yes we have I'm sorry about that I am new to this and have a little trouble figuring out exactly what forum to go on and how to post my quotes and respond to messages
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Old Sunday 23rd April 2017, 19:28   #12
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thanks you fugl, I will try to get that information, since it was not a nest or anything just laying out in the yard on the ground in the rain is there anyway I could make a nest and put it in there with a heat lamp n save it?
No, not really. The egg may not even be viable at this stage (if it ever was).
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hi everyone I am new to the Forum I live in south Louisiana and I just found a small blue egg by itself laying in the middle of my lawn can anyone help me try to determine which type of egg this is?
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Probably American Robin: it lays blue eggs and commonly nests in suburban settings. To pin down the ID, it would be helpful to know the size (length/breadth, preferably in millimeters)
More likely a Starling - they also have pure blue eggs, and are well-known for laying random eggs outside of their nests.
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How have we got two threads going on inside one here?


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More likely a Starling - they also have pure blue eggs, and are well-known for laying random eggs outside of their nests.
Just so. The measurements should tell the tale (with the caveat that robins are known for laying the occasional "runt" egg).
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American Robins don't breed in south Louisiana. Starling sounds good,

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American Robins don't breed in south Louisiana. Starling sounds good
Starling it most likely is then. Never occurred to me that robins didn't breed down there. . ..
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Never occurred to me that robins didn't breed down there. . ..
Something new, perhaps due to global warming? Sibley (2000 edition) maps American Robin as breeding right down to the south coast of Louisiana.
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Something new, perhaps due to global warming? Sibley (2000 edition) maps American Robin as breeding right down to the south coast of Louisiana.
Just checked the NGR & Sibley iPhone apps, both of which show the far-south of Louisiana as outside the breeding range. Dto (to bring the big guns to bear!) BNA-online (2016).

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Just checked the NGR & Sibley iPhone apps, both of which show the far-south of Louisiana as outside the breeding range. Dto (to bring the big guns to bear!) BNA-online (2016).
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