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Old 11-18-2008, 08:26 AM   #41
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Speaking of birds, I just ran outside because there was so much noise up high. The geese are flying south over our house, hundreds of them. Beautiful.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:34 AM   #42
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To the OP your bird looks like a female/juvenile Black Headed Grosbeak
http://www.photobirder.com/Bird_Phot...d_grosbeak.jpg
jambo, that is why the pictures are so tough. Sounds too big for a grosbeak.

Lazy, can I come and bird watch in your lovely yard?
And, according to this map found with the Wikipedia article, the usual range of the black headed grosbeak doesn't include Florida.

Does Odo sing, or make any sound at all? That's another possible way to ID him.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:38 AM   #43
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You can easily take a decent photo of your elusive little brown birde while using these and then download them to your computer and share them with us.
you don't seem to comprehend the nature of the odo. you see, it isn't me. odo is like god; you can not look at him directly lest you turn to dust. odo has stolen duke university's cloak of invisibility. it isn't the camera. it isn't the power of the lense. binocholars won't make a difference. hubble couldn't get this shot.

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To the OP your bird looks like a female/juvenile Black Headed Grosbeak
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duck, i am now going to break out my bird gun and shoot you.

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Lazy, can I come and bird watch in your lovely yard?
i am already setting up for you. considering that odo can not be seen, this could not be more appropriate...



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Does Odo sing, or make any sound at all? That's another possible way to ID him.
not a peep
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Ahh, I understand. Odo has not yet taught us the way, perhaps the chant, perhaps the bow, that will reveal the glory
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:25 PM   #45
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almighty odo has left us holy remnants of his true self. scat.















speaking of bird poop and geese, there was a ton of this stuff all over the place when i visited jersey & new york. yuck. curb your geese please.


ps. while in garden i found gertrude set up shop right alongside the birdbath. gertrude, this is everyone. everyone, this is gertrude...
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I agree with others here that the mystery bird in your first 3 pics is of the nighthawk/whippoorwill ilk.

#4, #7 Male Cardinal
#5 Red-Bellied Woodpecker – probably female?
#6 American Redstart
#8 Difficult to tell, maybe two different warblers? – I’m not really good at IDing those.
#9 Female Cardinal
#10 Oriole - most resembles Spot-Breasted or Spotted Oriole im my guidebooks. Says released to or escaped to SE Florida region.
#11 Blue Jay
#12 Dove (Ring necked?)
#13 Catbird


Please post more pics, this is fun!
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Lazy, can you hear his wings flapping when he flies? I'd always heard that owls have silent flight. Also, how big is he, including tail?

Just a thought....
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#12 Dove (Ring necked?)
mourning dove, actually. named for their woooo woooo sound when they fly. i've read they can reach 55 mph though they never struck me as all too bright. i notice they are often dinner for my end of summer falcon or hawk or whatever that one is who visits yearly, about twice the size of odo (not the dove) but no pic yet.

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wow, impressive. good call. just looked him up. that sure is it. had no idea. i thought it was some kind of finch.

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getting, yer good at this. i guess that makes my birdbath the catbird seat. i was wondering who that one was. he's very secretive. i have to be careful he doesn't see me at the window or he flies off.

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Lazy, can you hear his wings flapping when he flies? I'd always heard that owls have silent flight. Also, how big is he, including tail?
no, i've already stated that odo's flight is completely silent, like an owl. it's actually disturbing to watch such a big bird making no noise. he only makes noise on take off from a branch when the branch bounces back or when he hits one of the branches or bamboos or fronds on his way under and through the lower canopies, which create quite the obstacle course for him.
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Lazy, I don't think that it is a mourning dove, but is a Eurasian dove (or maybe a ring necked). The marking on its neck is not like a mourning dove.
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ok, i'm gonna have to check myself before i speak now. we have so many mourning doves that i didn't know there was a similar dove here. if only we didn't have a don't ask don't tell policy, maybe i'd finally realize nature's diversity.
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rudely awoken out of bed by, i suspected, odo, between 3 & 4 in the a.m., i stand corrected this afternoon. i heard knocking against the side of the house. apparently, odo had turned on the motion sensitive spot lights. i only looked out the window to see a flash of something moving for a second. but i continued to hear banging against the house, on the roof and against the awnings. i didn't want to go outside to disturb anyone's dinner, so once things quieted down, i settled back to sleep.

just now i went outside to investigate. preferring ground dwelling, odo had been sleeping by the bottle palms. i didn't see him but i saw vegetation move when he took off. also this time i heard his wings flapping or hitting the vegetation on ascent. odo landed again on the electric line, not far from where he was feeding early this morning.

martha, should you ever get to south florida, i owe you lunch. odo is no owl. odo is indeed my first nighthawk. and he is wonderful. today he let me get a little closer. for the first time we met eye to eye, maybe 15-20 feet away. but as soon as i tried to take another step he took off and again disappeared into the other side of the garden. and i mean disappeared. i watched to where he flew but could not again find him. odo is a little like love. alluring but elusive. captivating but never caught. odo has made his home, however temporary, however long, within the boundries of this garden, but here he is free.

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Lovely catch Lazy.
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thanx martha. i was pleased to finally get a clear view.

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see, first that aggressive bum at the supermarket and now a vagrant in my own garden. obviously a sign of the times.
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thanx martha. i was pleased to finally get a clear view.

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source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Nighthawk

see, first that aggressive bum at the supermarket and now a vagrant in my own garden. obviously a sign of the times.
I think one used to hang out in my parents' yard in Gulf Shores AL.
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whipperwhill(sp?) is the bird in the first 2-3 photos. Night bird. Distinctive call at sunset
and sunrise.
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Not a Lesser Nighthawk if he's in FL. They're western birds. I was thinking Whippoorwill too, because of the lack of the bars on the wings. Could also be a Chuck-will's widow. Have you heard the call?

Here's a good site for identifying. Has the range maps and the calls, both of which are helpful. Chuck-will's-widow - Whatbird.com
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There are nighthawks in Florida, e.g. the common nighthawk. Lazy said silent and that whip-poor-will song is sure is distinctive. They are the same genus aren't they?

Lazy, do you know the sound of a whip-poor-will? It would be quite loud and rhythmic, starting after dark. Sounds like the name.
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This is fun--bird calls of a number of Florida birds: Florida Bird Sounds
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There are nighthawks in Florida, e.g. the common nighthawk. Lazy said silent and that whip-poor-will song is sure is distinctive. They are the same genus aren't they?
Absolutely. But they also have those incredibly distinctive bars on the wings and tail. I have no idea what Odo is, but I'm leaning toward the Chucks Will Widow. They also have a distinct call, but look a lot like Lazy's pictures.



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Could be, Harley. Their song is loud yes? But not as distinctive as the whip-poor-will. Lazy, you can check for song on the link I posted above.
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