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Calling all you amazing birders! Found this little guy on my back porch wedged between the house foundation and porch. My dog was salivating trying to get to it and nearly killed him, but wasn't able to reach. So, my son and I pulled him out with some bbq tools and a pool net. Hauled him over to a little natural cradle in the tree and built him a little nest, safe from my dog. Any ideas what he is? He seems very hungry too.
This bird also lacks the telltale barring on the tail that is already evident in Imre's photo. What this baby does share with Bewick's is the exceedingly white throat and breast: a rarity among birds.
Thanks for the guidance guys. I live outside of San Antonio on the Northwest side, if that helps. And, yes, the bird died. My son was sure bent on saving him. Sent from my Note 8 using Big Bend Chat mobile app
I did some research last night too, and thought Eastern Kingbird is possible. Heavy bill, beginnings of a "flycatcher" crest and a very clean white breast. I'm by no means a baby bird expert, but there can be a big difference between fledgling and immature plumage, so I'm not 100% convinced yet. While the range is possible, it is still marginal. If it was eastern San Antonio, I would be happier. Something says I'm overlooking something....I think Blue Gray Gnatcatcher is a possibility, but size is not apparent from David's photo. This is more aligned to range and habitat than an Eastern Kingbird.Many baby birds are frustrating to identify....
Lol.... you guys are funny (and great)! It was a pretty small bird, I'd say about 3 inches at best. The natcatcher I'm not sure of because my bird's breast is too white.
CG, maybe you could have your bird stuffed to facilitate further study...
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