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Old 03-18-2009, 02:46 PM   #41
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I had a bird at my feeder last weekend, that I couldn't positively identify. Perhaps a pine siskin, but perhaps some kind of warbler... at first glance I assumed it was a goldfinch in transition between winter and summer color (mostly brown with some yellow on it) then I noticed it didn't have a finch beak... so I was looking in the bird book...but never really felt confident about what it was...
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I'm in Illinois too. What bird book were you looking at? Have you seen the newer Sibley's to Eastern North America?
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:05 AM   #43
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Yup, I use the newer Sibley's.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:20 PM   #44
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What did you think it might be?

I had my first lone turkey vulture circling overhead. Red-winged blackbirds are staking territory along the roadsides. Robins are everywhere. Spring is on the way.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:01 AM   #45
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I had a wild turkey sitting in my yard yesterday afternoon which is very strange for our area since it's suburban closely bordering urban.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:50 AM   #46
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What did you think it might be?
Perhaps an immature yellow warbler? I don't think the birds in the book ever look like the birds in real life. :-)
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Plus recent warming and cooling trends have resulted in species out of range. I'm not much of a birder. I have to use books. I also have the Birds of Illinois book. Decent illustrations. One book I picked up that I use a lot is A Field Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and NEstlings of North American Birds by Harrison. It's out of print.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:57 PM   #48
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Pine siskins have "thin pointed bill" David Allen Sibley. They don't have the typical finch beak. I have had up to 150 PS at one time at my feeders this winter.
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150!

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Old 03-23-2009, 08:13 AM   #50
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Pine siskins are fairly common around here during migration.
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