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Spent a good portion of the morning today in the garden. Late summer weeding... I saw a pair of birds, very plump, longer narrow beaks, light brown with little white spots. Larger than a mourning dove, about the size of a red bellied woodpecker but fatter. Any idea what they were? They were feeding on my finch socks which, by the way, DO attract other species-mostly smaller varieties.
After several weeks away, the hummingbirds have returned to hit our feeder and sample the trumpet plants now flowering in the window boxes on the deck. Looks like a little guy, maybe this seasons brood?

Vincent, sapucker comes to mind from your description. Just a first impression.
I'll have to look that up-thanks Brian!

I saw one hummingbird this year so far and he was really little!
Okay-looked it up. It's not a sapsucker; less colorful, light brown, very rubenesque, small white spots. It's driving me crazy now!
I'm skimming through a Peterson's field guide (my personal fav) and am wondering if a brown thrasher is close? The big bird sighting around here was an American Bittern last summer in a neighbors' swamp.
No, not a thrasher. That bird is sleak. This looks like a fat mourning dove. I wonder if it could be quail?
Quail are ground feeders. Maybe an immature something, even a robin perhaps? What's in the bird feeder again?
(08-24-2011 12:52 PM)BrianW Wrote: [ -> ]I'm skimming through a Peterson's field guide (my personal fav) and am wondering if a brown thrasher is close? The big bird sighting around here was an American Bittern last summer in a neighbors' swamp.

Well, MY fave field guide is "Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds." (The expurgated version...) Big Grin
The Olsen twins wrote a field guide?!
(08-25-2011 02:28 PM)BrianW Wrote: [ -> ]Quail are ground feeders. Maybe an immature something, even a robin perhaps? What's in the bird feeder again?

Niger?
How about a thrush?
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