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    help identify a bird

    I saw a bird in my yard today and it had the coloration on it's back like a ruffed grouse. It had a red throat or a red breast.

    It was the size of a woodcock and had a long bill like a woodcock but not quite as long. I'm thinking it was some type of woodpecker but I can't figure it out. It was on the ground pecking at the soil looking for food.

    A snipe or woodcock is almost a dead ringer and if it wasn't for the red throat I would have just told my kids (with confidence) that it was a woodcock.

    Please help.

    We are in NE Ohio if that helps.
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    Nope. Too small and no red breast/neck.

    The coloration is close but a little too light.
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    Short billed Dowitcher ?
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    American Woodcocks can have a redish breast.
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    Just looked,my bird book is east coast,sorry for bad dope.
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    It was a red throated ruffle groused woodcocktit finch.

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    Get a good field guide for Eastern Birds. Try here too:

    Identification of Eastern US Song Birds by Color

    Backyard Bird Identification Sheet

    Bird Identification | birding .com

    You are east of the Mississippi thus in the Eastern US for field guide selection.

    I actually think it's the Roseychested Mattressthumper.

    IronMike, your field guide should be good for Ohio unless it is limited to coastal birds on the east coast.

    Buy your kids a good field guide, and help them begin a fantastic lifetime hobby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    I actually think it's the Roseychested Mattressthumper.
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    Did it taste like chicken?

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    Tufted titmouse? They're all over the place around here in western NC. My wife didn't believe me. That's what they're called.

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    Tim,

    After consulting the Audubon Society Field Guide, what you have seen is indeed the American Woodcock, it describes them being "rufous" or reddish below.

    They are seldom seen, in all my years (55) I have only seen them twice. Once many years ago while at work, saw a pair of the fly into an open field and dissappear into the cover. Last year in November as I backed out of my detached garage, I saw one fly down and land beside the garage for just a moment then it flew off.
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    Was this bird in a tree?


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