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Old Monday 29th June 2009, 22:52   #1
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New at this id these birds for me

hi this is my first time on these forums i'm really new at bird watching and my knowledge on birds is limited. these are probably fairly obvious but i don't really know what they are.
**These were taken in southeastern PA,USA, just took these today as well 6/28/09***

if you have a slow connection i'm really sorry...lol

i hope it doesn't matter if i provide links instead of attaching them

i'm pretty sure the first few is of some sort of sparrow
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http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0641.JPG
http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0645.JPG
http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0595.JPG
http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0587.JPG

the next bunch i was told by my dad that this is a red wing blackbird
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http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0523.JPG
http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0515.JPG
http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0551.JPG

this next one is a turkey vulture but i'd thought i'd include it anyway
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http://helixgamers.com/Cyl0n/6-28-09/DSC_0247.JPG

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Old Monday 29th June 2009, 23:08   #2
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First ones are young Tree Swallows, the second a Red-winged Blackbird.
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Old Monday 29th June 2009, 23:11   #3
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Agree, Tree Swallow and male Red Winged Blackbird.

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how can you tell it is male?
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Old Monday 29th June 2009, 23:35   #5
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how can you tell it is male?
Only a male Red-winged Blackbird has a bright red patch on wings bordered by yellow (note sometimes yellow border is missing in some races) with a black plumage.
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Here ya go for comparison, to back up what The Falcon said.

Male: http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/image...ackbird250.jpg

Female: http://www.johnnolley.com/images/Red...ale3_Large.jpg

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Nice picture of the turkey vulture! It's nice to have gotten one flying so low - not a chance I've had too often. Tree swallows are good looking birds, aren't they? Somewhat plain, but nice clean markings.
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