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Is this just a big sparrow, or a different bird? (vanity)
my backyard in central california | march 30, 2010 | Perky (that's me)

Posted on 03/30/2010 2:00:16 PM PDT by PERKY2004

One of our backyard bird feeders (central California) has been very popular today with what looks to me like a giant sparrow, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me for certain? He's about 4-5 times the size of the goldfinches and housefinches that usually hang out on the feeder; in fact, he's about the size of the mourning doves we also get. Anyway, I snapped a few photos before he fluttered off.

Thanks for your assistance in identifying this bird. CHIRP!


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Tigger was birdwatching, too! Photobucket

1 posted on 03/30/2010 2:00:16 PM PDT by PERKY2004
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Later.


2 posted on 03/30/2010 2:01:43 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: PERKY2004

Looks like a mocking bird to me. Could be wrong, tho.


3 posted on 03/30/2010 2:01:51 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: PERKY2004
Mocking bird.
4 posted on 03/30/2010 2:02:08 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Drill baby, drill!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Hmmm.... I wonder if he could be a chubby mockingbird?


5 posted on 03/30/2010 2:02:36 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud military wife of a pilot ~ Praying for him and for all our troops!)
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To: PERKY2004

Tigger needs to be thrown to the fishes!

It looks like a fat mockingbird.


6 posted on 03/30/2010 2:03:20 PM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: PERKY2004

Yep.....pretty ‘portly’ bird, there. LOL!


7 posted on 03/30/2010 2:03:29 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: PERKY2004

It’s a Cooper Jay - here in Washington we call them camp robbers ... very friendly. Mostly live high in the mountains. They spot people with backpacks and follow them. When they sit for lunch they’ll flock into nearby trees. If you hold your sandwich or part of it they’ll fly down, sit on your hand and help themselves ....


8 posted on 03/30/2010 2:04:13 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If someone calls me a racist I'll just tell them you're just saying that because I'm white ....)
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To: PERKY2004

Was it carrying a coconut?


9 posted on 03/30/2010 2:05:17 PM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: PERKY2004

Mockingbird....check the glasses....


10 posted on 03/30/2010 2:05:18 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: PERKY2004

The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?


11 posted on 03/30/2010 2:05:20 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (NOVEMBER-2-2010!)
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To: PERKY2004

Sparrowzilla - a product of radioactive mutations and unearthed by a California earthquake.


12 posted on 03/30/2010 2:05:56 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: PERKY2004

13 posted on 03/30/2010 2:06:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: PERKY2004
Maybe one of those newfangled Chinese Birds who is the ONLIEST offspring from a whole clutch of eggs.

They're just bigger!

14 posted on 03/30/2010 2:07:45 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: eCSMaster

LOL
Funny.


15 posted on 03/30/2010 2:07:48 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: PERKY2004
Not sure what he is - but thanks for the pictures.

He's a cute little chubber!!! :)

16 posted on 03/30/2010 2:08:03 PM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: JoeProBono

heh heh heh ... nice picture! :)


17 posted on 03/30/2010 2:08:21 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud military wife of a pilot ~ Praying for him and for all our troops!)
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To: PERKY2004

Definitely a Mockingbird. He’ll walk along the ground spreading his wings to scare up bugs. He’ll also divebomb your cat. State bird of Texas, because they’re fearless!


18 posted on 03/30/2010 2:08:29 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Tigger: Burp!


19 posted on 03/30/2010 2:08:40 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: PERKY2004

I checked, you’ve got them out there, it’s a standard Northern Mockingbird.


20 posted on 03/30/2010 2:09:13 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT,NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: isthisnickcool

For the record, I do keep finding coconuts all over the backyard ... no doubt from unladen birds.


21 posted on 03/30/2010 2:09:34 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud military wife of a pilot ~ Praying for him and for all our troops!)
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To: PERKY2004

Looks like an overweight mockingbird but I didn’t know mockingbirds to eat seed.


22 posted on 03/30/2010 2:10:17 PM PDT by fso301
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To: PERKY2004
Northern Mockingbird

Tigger be cute!

23 posted on 03/30/2010 2:10:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Free Men will always be armed with the Truth.)
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To: PERKY2004

Let the cat out...

Mockingbirds are so damn annoying, especially at five in the morning.


24 posted on 03/30/2010 2:10:43 PM PDT by Drea
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To: PERKY2004

Looks to me like she’s getting ready to lay a few eggs.


25 posted on 03/30/2010 2:11:13 PM PDT by Helen
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To: PERKY2004

Looks like a well fed gray flycatcher.


26 posted on 03/30/2010 2:12:05 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: PERKY2004
Guess who?


27 posted on 03/30/2010 2:12:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: PERKY2004

Looks like a Pelican to me.


28 posted on 03/30/2010 2:12:47 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (How can you tell when the President is lying? When his lips move, of course.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Well, it ain’t a Norwegian Blue....


29 posted on 03/30/2010 2:13:05 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: eCSMaster
Photobucket
30 posted on 03/30/2010 2:14:18 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud military wife of a pilot ~ Praying for him and for all our troops!)
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To: Loud Mime

..... beautiful plumage, though. Perhaps it’s pining for the fjords?


31 posted on 03/30/2010 2:15:05 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud military wife of a pilot ~ Praying for him and for all our troops!)
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To: isthisnickcool
The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?

"Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?"

32 posted on 03/30/2010 2:18:24 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: PERKY2004

..."fruit seeds, where's the fruit seeds,hey, where's the fweakin fruit seeds,pile of fast food here, get the fruit seeds"

33 posted on 03/30/2010 2:19:08 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: PERKY2004

Judging by your home page you have some thirty cats.


34 posted on 03/30/2010 2:20:33 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?"

An immortal, timeless line. It will live forever!

35 posted on 03/30/2010 2:21:44 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: muawiyah

36 posted on 03/30/2010 2:21:49 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SkyDancer

Do you have a link to a reference? I’ve not heard of a Cooper jay.


37 posted on 03/30/2010 2:22:10 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: PERKY2004
For the record, I do keep finding coconuts all over the backyard ... no doubt from unladen birds.

Coconuts? Don't worry about those. Just watch our for bunnies!

38 posted on 03/30/2010 2:22:30 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (NOVEMBER-2-2010!)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Northern Mockingbird

39 posted on 03/30/2010 2:23:16 PM PDT by blam
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To: Loud Mime

Every proper Freeper ought to have that exchange memorized and be able to repeat it verbatim at any party.


40 posted on 03/30/2010 2:23:31 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: eCSMaster
a product of radioactive mutations and unearthed by a California earthquake.

THEM!


41 posted on 03/30/2010 2:29:46 PM PDT by frithguild (I gave to Joe Wilson the day after, to Scott Brown seven days before and next to JD Hayworth.)
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To: blam

Northern Mockingbird call:”Nyah-nyah-na-na-nyah”

Southern Mockingbird call:”Nyah-nyah-na-na-nyah y’all”


42 posted on 03/30/2010 2:31:15 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: Misterioso

It’s what we’ve always called them ... ever since I can remember. Part of the Jay family of birds ... most commonly known here as camp robbers ....


43 posted on 03/30/2010 2:37:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If someone calls me a racist I'll just tell them you're just saying that because I'm white ....)
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To: PERKY2004

Looks more like a northern mocking bird (except for the yellow fur that always throws me off .... ;0 )

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/id

a good site for birding info


44 posted on 03/30/2010 2:39:46 PM PDT by the long march
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To: Misterioso

They’re also known too as Gray Jays ....http://www.canada-photos.com/data/media/22/jay-bird_233.jpg


45 posted on 03/30/2010 2:40:19 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If someone calls me a racist I'll just tell them you're just saying that because I'm white ....)
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To: SkyDancer

No such thing as a Cooper Jay. Maybe you mean a magpie or a stellar jay or a scrub jay.

Cooper’s hawk is totally different. I think you have been mixing metsphors too long ;)


46 posted on 03/30/2010 2:42:12 PM PDT by the long march
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To: the long march

Also known as a Gray Jay ... we’ve called them Cooper Jay’s ever since I can remember .... see:http://www.canada-photos.com/data/media/22/jay-bird_233.jpg


47 posted on 03/30/2010 2:43:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If someone calls me a racist I'll just tell them you're just saying that because I'm white ....)
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To: PERKY2004

Could be but probably more like a Mommy Mocking bird about to hatch her brood. Think?


48 posted on 03/30/2010 2:48:41 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush is an American Patriot. He has been blessed with exceptional wisdom. Thank God for Rush!!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that Robert Duvall? Let me know. Duvall with hair. I really like him as an actor.


49 posted on 03/30/2010 3:00:35 PM PDT by bethtopaz ( www.rapturealert.com)
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To: bethtopaz
You got it!


50 posted on 03/30/2010 3:02:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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