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What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« on: October 05, 2010, 10:04:05 AM »
Please post any of your nature pictures you would like help identifying, then all members can help with the mystery. If you have any additional information please add, as in location, size or behaviour. :ecsmile
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2010, 10:13:40 AM »
My daughter took this picture of this bird bird brooding her young, I'm not sure who she is? It is taken in the Pacific NW. I'm also curious to the plant with the white flowers? Any help would be appreciated.


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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2010, 08:24:54 PM »
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what size is that bird , do you have any idea? looks to have colouring of a skylark, tho i only have seen pics of them not sure their size either.
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010, 10:01:41 PM »
Passerine, that's sweet-looking bird. Interesting that her nest is on the ground.  It does seem to have any protection against cats or other threats or the elements, either. Perhaps Ajl can tell you what she is.  :eclove

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010, 10:14:52 PM »
Is it a quail?  :heart
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010, 10:40:39 PM »
Typos i'm thinking she is a little bigger than a robin because i think the fern looking plant in the upper right might be plantain.
Also i think she is in a wetland/bog. Looked up Skylark & their are some in that area, the coloring is similar.:dunno

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2010, 12:26:42 AM »
Quail have a different shape... :ecsmile
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2010, 05:32:18 AM »
the little white flowers look like chickweed ...

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010, 08:48:09 AM »
i have seen that white flower , cant recall if it  was a wild lily or orchid family , they grow on van island too. i am sure i saw them in some ones pics before . the way the leaves are paired is telling, but what its telling me is long gone from my memory bank
one site says skylarks are 18 cm long , to that would be bit bigger than a robin and rounder bodied.
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2010, 09:08:29 AM »
I looked up chickweed in my book Plants of Coastal BC it's in the Pink category, i hadn't heard of that family. :really
It looks like a possibility another that looked familar was Salt Marsh Starwort same family. :dunno

Oh Blue where are you, i bet she would know. :nod2

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2010, 03:14:51 PM »
Have you tried the bird expert wizzard at http://whatbird.com/ ?
It can help to identify a bird by size, color, geographical location, etc.

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2010, 04:49:06 PM »
Little bird looks like a ground sparrow to me.   I have a few who live under a little grove of trees near my bird feeder.  They are really camoflaged with their speckles and stripes, but very shy and eat seeds which are dropped from the feeders. Just an uneducated guess. Dont know the plant though.

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2010, 05:26:46 PM »
Without knowing the scale, my guess is Siberian miner's lettuce (a.k.a. candy flower), Montia (= Claytonia) sibirica.

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2010, 05:34:53 PM »
Hi nautilus and welcome to the forum! I am off to google Siberian miner's lettuce. I thought it looked like the chick weed which we have here in Maryland. But I have never heard of the miner's lettuce. Thanks!

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2010, 06:08:36 PM »
...and picture this guy sitting down
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