[va-bird] Id Problems
- From: "Holli Hughes" <dancer_for_god06@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 01:00:55 +0000
I just got back from a short birding trip below my house along the Clinch River. About a half hour into my bird walk I came upon a 'duck sized' bird but other than size there was nothing duck like about this bird. He/She had Dark Blue Wings, With a slightly darker head, crooked legs like a Heron, and a neck that contracted when he/she perched but elongated while in flight. The field marks I saw where a white chin strip and some vertical white strips on the center of his/her breast. Also, while perched his/her tail split in about the middle and closed repetitively. I would estimate the birds bill was about 3 to 4 inches long and very very sharp. Upon looking in my field guide I thought it may have been a Green Heron (Butorides virescens), however, my field guide says it is uncommon. If you have any thoughts of what this bird may be please give me a shout.
Thank you All for Your Time!
Also I saw: (By Sight) 5 - Female Brown-headed Cowbirds (at feeder) 3 - Male Brown-headed Cowbirds 1- Mourning Dove 4 - Chipping Sparrows 1- Female Mallard (cruising the river) 3 - Canada Geese (in flight over my house) 4 - Robins 7 - Male Northern Cardinals 3 - Blue Jays
(By Sound) Unknown Woodpecker (I will have to learn my woodpecker taps better, sorry) Carolina Chickadee
(Non bird) Groundhog My Canine birding companion (Cody)
Again Thank you All for You Time, Can't wait to hear from you =)
-Holli Hughes- Russell County, Southwest Virginia
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