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What bird is this?

  1. Apr 11, 2009 #1

    Evo

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    I have 2 birds on my patio. I thought I could look it up in my bird book, but it's not there.

    It is about the size of a black eyed junko, perhaps a tiny bit larger, has a dark grey patch/stripe from the top of it's beak (like a mohawk) going down to the back of the head. It has a wide brown eye strip going from the beak to the back of the head, white patches on each side of the throat, with a black throat. the back and wings are a beautiful lattice design of dark brown and light brown, with a light belly.

    I know this is a common bird. A GOOBF card for the first person to post a picture of it.
     
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  3. Apr 11, 2009 #2

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  4. Apr 11, 2009 #3

    Evo

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    That's not it. I will have to upload the picture to image shack, hold on.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2009 #4

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    Never mind Evo. I changed it to a different image. Sorry for the trouble.
     
  6. Apr 11, 2009 #5

    Evo

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    Now you tell me. :wink:
     
  7. Apr 11, 2009 #6

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    Never mind the looks. What does it taste like? :tongue2:
     
  8. Apr 11, 2009 #7
    You are an evil evil man!
     
  9. Apr 11, 2009 #8
    What? Dan's pic didn't give you enough of a warning that he's not the average guy?
     
  10. Apr 11, 2009 #9
    I thought Danger was taking the needs of one's cat into consideration. There's nothing enough for a human on tiny birds, but a decent meal for a feline.
     
  11. Apr 11, 2009 #10

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    Gray mohawk and brown eye-stripe = House Sparrow. Very common.
     
  12. Apr 11, 2009 #11

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    http://www.squidoo.com/housesparrow [Broken] What kind of offense is the GOOBF card good for?
     
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  13. Apr 11, 2009 #12

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    I think we can safely conclude that it's notagoshawk.
     
  14. Apr 11, 2009 #13

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    Had a bird-rescue about 20 minutes ago. My wife went out in the driveway and came back asking me to come right out. There was a chickadee lying on its side in the driveway right beside my Forester (probably smacked a window), not moving. I scooped up the 'dee and held it, and it started blinking its eyes eventually. I cupped the bird in my hands and kept it warm, and eventually it recovered the perching function in its left foot, and started holding its left wing normally. The other 'dees were calling, too, and when the injured bird started swiveling its head to track the calls, I opened my hands, and the 'dee flew to my apple tree to gather its wits and recover. All's well.
     
  15. Apr 11, 2009 #14

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    That would be my guess as well.

    Whew.
     
  16. Apr 11, 2009 #15

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    That's it!!! I knew it was common. Oh, it's a mean bird. :frown:

    A GOOBF card will get you out of any banable offense. Unfortunately, they expire without notice. Always good to stock up on them. Talk to Lisab, she somehow got her hands on billions of them.
     
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  17. Apr 11, 2009 #16

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    And this after I spent 10 minutes getting my fangs tucked in under my lip to look nice for my portrait... :grumpy:
     
  18. Apr 11, 2009 #17

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    Don't rest too easy! I rescue woodpeckers:
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    BUT I have also rescued a number of hawks, including a female merlin who knocked herself out on my patio-door while killing a sisken, and a broad-winged fledgling that had managed to fall out of its nest. Handling hawks is pretty intense. They are passive when they are disoriented or well-restrained, but they are not so compliant when they become alert or can assert some freedom (wings not restrained, etc.)
     
  19. Apr 11, 2009 #18

    Evo

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    that's so cute!

    turbo, you're a good person.
     
  20. Apr 11, 2009 #19

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    Perhaps blinding them with a piece of cloth will help?
     
  21. Apr 11, 2009 #20

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    Good training technique for falconry, but I fear that a wild hawk would not like that too much as a one-time thing. I talk to them in a calm voice while stroking them, and then when they start to get a bit agitated or willing to bite their rescuer, I take that as a sign that they are ready to be on their own. So far, it has worked out well.
     
  22. Apr 11, 2009 #21

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    I love birds and I can't stand to see them in danger.

    When the merlin hit my patio door, I ran outside in jeans and a T-shirt, and stood in the snow holding her until she came around. I held her against my chest to keep her warm, then let her perch on my hand (ouch!) and lean against my chest until she started to come around. When she started acting a bit nervous, I held my hand up to a low branch so she could perch in a tree, and stayed with her until she felt well enough to fly off. BTW, I grabbed the sisken that she had killed and put it on the branch beside her - she would have nothing to do with it.
     
  23. Apr 11, 2009 #22

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    I bet that hawk never attacked a siskin again. :tongue2:
     
  24. Apr 11, 2009 #23

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    It's probably not possible to condition a hawk against killing any smaller bird. Accipiters are top predators and they probably don't want to eat anything that they have not killed. In this case, a hawk with a concussion probably had no memory of killing that finch, and may have been even more disoriented when she woke up finding a human holding her. Even so, it was nice to find that she would tolerate my close presence after the fact, and didn't act startled when I reached up to put the little bird's body near her feet. She treated me like I was "OK" but rejected the meal.
     
  25. Apr 11, 2009 #24

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    Is that another swipe at my diet?
     
  26. Apr 11, 2009 #25

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    No, I thought you normally ate raw fish {gollum}.
     
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