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Help Id bird

Post by getzapped » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:24 pm

I took the pup out for a romp through ma prairie today and she kept jumping these birds.

They are the size of quail, look like quail with a yellowish bellow. They fly a little more gracefully than quail. They dont make any sounds when they flush except wingbeats. They only fly about 100yds before landing again.

I tries google but its not helping. Closest it comes up with is meadowlark. But that seems too small to be what we seen.

Any ideas?

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by DudeRN » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:55 pm

could it be a flicker?

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the behavior you describe sounds right.

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Post by getzapped » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:06 pm

Its possible but the flickers i see around me are usually in trees. These were definitely ground birds.

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by RoostersMom » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:16 pm

Woodcock....do you know that bird?

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Post by getzapped » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:24 pm

I have never seen one in person but i googled this image. The colors are spot on and i didnt get a good look at its beak. It says its a wading bird and there was alot of standing water. But i am almost positive it had some yellow at least undern its tail. But woodcock definitely looks like it.
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Re: Help Id bird

Post by ezzy333 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:28 pm

It is a northern flicker. Think they call the color phase you pictured is yellow shafted. What you describe sounds more like woodcock.
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=144
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=207

It's not how many breaths you have taken but how many times it has been taken away!

Has anyone noticed common sense isn't very common anymore.

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Post by getzapped » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:54 pm

Ill try to get a better look next time. It was too windy and wet today.

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by sdoliver » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:45 pm

My guess is meadow larks

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by Scott Linden » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:54 pm

+1 sdoliver ... my guess is meadowlark ... around here, some call them "practice quail." Not me, though.
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Re: Help Id bird

Post by ezzy333 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:04 pm

Scott Linden wrote:+1 sdoliver ... my guess is meadowlark ... around here, some call them "practice quail." Not me, though.
Would be my guess also. They can look a lot like a quail when they get up and fly
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=144
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=207

It's not how many breaths you have taken but how many times it has been taken away!

Has anyone noticed common sense isn't very common anymore.

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Post by getzapped » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:46 pm

Meadowlark is the only bird i can find on internet that has a brown top and yellow belly. It must be.

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by bumper52 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:41 pm

that is a northern flicker
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Re: Help Id bird

Post by luvthemud » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:44 pm

Very pretty bird!

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by DudeRN » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:40 pm

I see flickers on the ground pretty frequently. they are insect eaters, but don't catch them on the wing -- they eat ants and beetles on the ground, using their tongues to eat out of holes in the ground.

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Re: Help Id bird

Post by whatsnext » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:04 pm

The past two days I have moved a few woodcock while running the dogs,so they are starting to move back through this area. I only live about 30 miles south of the OP.

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Help Id bird

Post by rselliott725 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:05 am

Sounds like a meadow lark.

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