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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:54 AM
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Birdie people - I need your help..

.. to identify these birdies. "Cause besides the normal robins, chickadees, Mourning Doves, starlings, grackles, etc. I have no idea.
These little ones have been taking to hanging around here the last couple of weeks. There is a flock of around 100 of them. The closest I can get is White breasted Nuthatch? Very neat little fellas to watch. Love their song. Very soft and sweet.
Sorry about the quality of the pics. My camera sucks sometimes.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:56 AM
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I have no idea...
But though I would say.... BRRRRRRR.....
Dear Dog I love Florida!
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Old January 19th, 2009, 11:05 AM
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It actually isn't that bad today. Only -9 C. And it's snowing, again. But it's a soft snow so it shouldn't be too bad.
Florida may be great but I would not be able to handle the heat in the summer months. There are days here when I have to head for cover.
Just gotta say I will keep my 19 acres and the peace and quiet.
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Are they a little bigger than chickadees, 14+? In the one picture they look a bit like goldfinches but in the other they look more like snow buntings or longspurs If they're significantly bigger than chickadees (like more than a few cms longer) then they'd be something else....
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Old January 19th, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Looks too big to be a nuthatch. Perhaps they're Snow Buntings?
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OMG! Do they look like MINI hawks or something? Same shape head? And coloration? I have been trying to figure out what kind of birds have been hanging around my feeder since october! lol
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http://www.audubon.org/news/pressroo.../BirdList.html

If you go about half way down the page there is a pic of a snow bunting.
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Thanks for that link L4H. I think they may well be snow buntings. If so, they are a ways away from home.
Hazel - they are about half again the size of a chickadee. Very neat to watch. The white on them is almost blinding. Very pretty.
I noticed on the drive downtown this morning that there is another flock about a country block away too. It is also quite large.
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Def. snow buntings. They hang out in flocks like that, very often near the edges of roads in rural/agricultural areas. I see them all the time near my place. Very cool, I almost never spot them until they fly off.

ETA: you won't see nuthatches in flocks nor will you often see them on the ground. They're not as big either, if memory serves me correctly.
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We get snow buntings here, too--I love the flash of white as they flush from the side of the road.
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