Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

White tailed bird – please identify

White tailed black bird in the USA –  we’d love some help identifying this bird

I’ve been sent some photos of a black bird that has a white tail.  We really want to see what bird it is. Can anyone help

Below are the   photos that were sent from the USA (thanks for sending them Angie)

bird i.d. needed

bird i.d. needed


Black bird with a white tail

Black bird with a white tail

Is this a young bird

Is this a young bird

Angie says – I wasn’t going to send one of them  , because this bird doesn’t stand still and the quality is worse than the others, however, I think that is actually has some white on the left side of it. Interesting bird. I can’t find anything on the internet other than your website on them. thanks so much!


I aren’t an expert on identifying birds, but I wondered if this was a young American Crow or a young American Rook.

I’ve put two links below so you can take a look.  The Crows and Rooks in the photos below are adult birds – so we’ll have to imagine a younger version.

Click here for a link to USA Crow information 

Click here for a link to USA Raven information

We still need help identifying it. I’m going to take a look at some more books.  Hope we get there in the end.

Click here to see why the bird may have  white tail feathers

The investigation has started.   All we need now is Sherlock Holmes!


How many birds are there?

This is a fun competition.  Take time and read the following letter.  Hidden inside all the words and sentences are a lot of bird names – how many can you find – and what are they? 

Bird-Watching Holiday

How many hidden birds can you spot?

Dear Ed,

Starting early we took it easily, and at the Bell Inn, Eton, we picked up Jack Dawling and Ernest.  One chatted a lot, so time passed swiftly, but rain on the motorway was a grave nuisance.  After lunch I decided to hand over the wheel and steal and hour’s sleep, before reaching Ullswater at midnight in gale-force winds.

Next morning on to Scotland, where our hotel is in as fine a glen as I have seen, with rushing stream at the bottom of a steep lovers’ lane.  It is all that is now left of an old mill, but it is now renovated, and very smart inside – no other one for miles around!  Eric rows, though awkardly, leaving Anne to doze in the stern.  Excellent food – no good for taking off inches from the waist or keeping wide awake.  Nothing is wanting, except perhaps regular kilts and pipers.

Love from all,



This is just a fun competition, because I don’t know the answer!  I have found a few birds hidden in the words. 

I’m hoping we can put a list together and then I can stop looking!