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Several ID's please, central Michigan, USA

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Old Monday 20th July 2009, 22:19   #1
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Several ID's please, central Michigan, USA

Here are some odd ones I saw today. (All bad pics, sorry)

1- Female Red-winged Blackbird?
2- Great Crested Flycatchers (lifers)
3- Indigo Bunting? Can't imagine Blue Grosbeak.
4- No idea. It's not a Blue Jay, it was way too small. I got the call on video and will post a link to YouTube at some point.
5- Same bird. Sorry for the quality.

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Old Monday 20th July 2009, 22:38   #2
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You're correct on Nos.1 & 2. 3 could be an Indigo Bunting but with so much backlighting it's hard to make out any features. No idea on the other guy.
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Old Tuesday 21st July 2009, 00:55   #3
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#2 Great crested flycatchers correct nice lifer agree with 1 &3 .4 and 5 the bib combined with the small bill then add that very long tail it seems rather odd. The audio clip will help alot with this one
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The last is most certainly a sparrow, based on the bill and jizz. Can't say which species, though I'd like to say Song. But the breast just isn't right. Maybe a juvenile? The call would help.
I think I'll guess Field Sparrow for now, based on the clean breast and pinkish feet.
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Eastern Towhee for 4 & 5. Agree on the other ID's.

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Well, I'm sure I don't know more than Jim, but it really looks like 4 and 5 are Blue Jays to me. It seems just like the black "necklace" jays have, and the tail looks right. Sometimes they don't have a crest (a juvenile or ill one). I don't know about the bill, because of the angle.... The sound should resolve the question.
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Well, I'm sure I don't know more than Jim, but it really looks like 4 and 5 are Blue Jays to me. It seems just like the black "necklace" jays have, and the tail looks right. Sometimes they don't have a crest (a juvenile or ill one). I don't know about the bill, because of the angle.... The sound should resolve the question.
Hi Gretchen.

It is without a doubt an Eastern Towhee, which also has a black bib. I'm attaching a lightened version of the photo showing the rufous sides. A Blue Jay would have a much longer, thinner bill.

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Hi Jim,

Thanks for the lightened photo. It does seem that the beak is really not a jay at a strange angle. I'm still confused though because it seems that this bird has a light area above the bottom of the bib, whereas all the pictures I've seen (quickly) show a solid black bib up to the beak. Do you think it's just some reflection? or is this a normal coloration?

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Hard to say what the abnormal white area is without very great feather detail. But I agree with the Towhee diagnosis.
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Isn't it just a reflected light? An Eastern Towhee seems to have quite glossy feathers on its head and breast.

I also thought about a Blue Jay at first but the beak isn't right for it (too stount and short)
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Thanks! I'll post the call this evening so you guys can have a listen then.
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Here is the bird call:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2QR4z-KM78

Also can you please help ID these? Both from MI.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62UBTuEG5vg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8GxC09EXU4 (Yellow Warbler?)
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Here is the bird call:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2QR4z-KM78

Also can you please help ID these? Both from MI.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62UBTuEG5vg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8GxC09EXU4 (Yellow Warbler?)
First one is the eastern towhee (drink your tea.ea.ea)
Second is common yellowthroat (witchity witchity witchity)
Third....I'm not sure, but not yellow I don't think

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Thanks Scott, that seems correct.
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Last one sounds like an American Redstart.
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Tennessee Warbler for the last one.
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Tennessee Warbler for the last one.
Yep, that's what a YouTube user just told me. Awesome! I caught a glimpse of it so I can count it as a Lifer!
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Tennessee Warbler would be quite unusual in Michigan in July. EBird has only one Michigan report for that month. It appears to be outside its normal breeding range. However, I agree the song on the video bears some resemblance to a TW.

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Hi Jim,

The "Tenesse Warbler" footage was taken in early May.
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Thanks for clarifying the date (always best to put that info in the inital post though). However, I'm not sure Nashville Warbler can be ruled out here given the audio quality. They have a variable song that does not always end in a trill, and which is is quite similar to what we hear here. Listen to samples on this site: http://macaulaylibrary.org/search.do

If this is a Tennessee, it is giving an abbreviated song (it usually has three parts, only two are heard here).



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I checked my "Birds of Detroit" guide and Nashville is very common during the exact time this video was taken (May) , and I agree Nashville is a better match to the song. (Nashville vs. Tennessee... lol)
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