Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mystery Bird

Thursday, July 2, 2009
14 comments
OK Bird IDheads, here's another mystery bird for you. This photo was taken in early June in Great Falls, Montana. Not that there's anything wrong with that....

Some help: No the bird is not eyeless and headless. It's preening.

Sorry no prize this time (it's an easy one after all). Just the glory of knowing that you know what this mystery bird is and that we know that you know. You know?

Party on. More meat on the sandwich tomorrow, I promise.

14 comments:

On July 2, 2009 at 2:08 PM noflickster said...

Ditto on the VG Swallow. Looks just different enough from our neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. T. Swallow.
-Mike

On July 2, 2009 at 2:33 PM Anonymous said...

Soylent-green swallow?

"Soylent green is pee-pul!"

On July 2, 2009 at 3:15 PM T-n-T said...
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On July 2, 2009 at 3:21 PM TNT said...

I was also thinking VG Swallow. I saw them on an ABA "Institute for Field Ornithology" trip to Flathead Lake Montana last August. Very cool birds!
-Tom

On July 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM John Rakestraw said...

Violet-green Swallow. I have also heard them called Violent-green Swallows, but they seem pretty gentle to me.

On July 3, 2009 at 5:22 PM A New England Life said...

I have to say it looks an awful lot like the Nuthatches I have preening on the deck all the time lately. But it probably is a Swallow.

Sharon

On July 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM Barawic said...

Hmm, comming from the UK I have to admit I haven't a clue :)

On July 4, 2009 at 1:25 AM linda said...

i always have to mentally correct myself because i have a tendency to say violent-green when i mean to say violet-green swallow. i could watch swallows for hours, they always seem to be having fun~

On July 4, 2009 at 5:14 PM Erik said...

Beautiful reflections on the intelligence of birds:

http://ryeberg.com/curated-videos/watching-the-birds/

On July 4, 2009 at 8:47 PM Caroline said...

violet-green male...I have a pair nesting in the birdhouse over our back deck. The tree swallows are down the street.
In the Black Hills of SD

On July 5, 2009 at 8:45 AM rmharvey said...

Why not female Tree Swallow? If nothing else it might explain why our host has not declared a winner.

On July 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM KatDoc said...

It's tomorrow - where's the beef?

(I thought it was a Western Kingbird, that's how bad I am at these quizzes.)

~Kathi

On July 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM Bill of the Birds said...

Yes. Each and every one of you is correct. It is a violet-green swallow. Well played, folks!


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