Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday



Mystery Visitor

It is snowing  and I am gazing out the window in despair ....  will Spring ever get here?  Then I spot a bird in my tree.  One that it is very hard to see, both because of it's coloring and because of the grayness of cloudy skies and the brightness of the falling snow.

But, undaunted, I snap pictures ... one after another.  Not knowing what it is I am taking pictures of, but

hoping that when I download them and can get a closer look, I will be able to tell what it is.

But no, the pictures are not real clear and I don't recognize the bird, so I start flipping through the pages of my bird book. ...

Still, I can't find it anywhere, so I Google it and they have the same birds as my bird book.  Help!

Does anyone know what this cute little brown mottled bird with white wing bands and yellow/orange over it's eye extended into a white eyebrow and yellow/orange under it's beak is?  I'm befuddled :(























23 comments:

  1. No clue - not good with the little brown birds....but he's a brave soul. Almost as brave as the crazy lady with the camera.

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  2. I'm no help either but I do enjoy the photos. Hope it warms up for you.
    Best,
    Sharon

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  3. I have a weakness for all the 'little brown jobs' (LBJs) but hope you get an answer.

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  4. ...all I can say is...it's GORGEOUS.
    I'll check my books maybe come up with something.

    What area is it found?

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    1. He could be out of his range, but I live in the far north suberbs of Chicago and that is where he is now. Thanks, I hope you find something :)

      Andrea

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  5. I would say it is the female Redwing Blackbird! They are pretty birds!

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  6. looks like a female red-winged blackbird to me. :)

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  7. Glad other folks have helped you with the ID, its always nice to see something new in your area.

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  8. I concur on the female red-wing. I've had a male and female at my feeders this week. To me the two look like different species. :) enjoyed the puzzle Andrea.

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  9. I photograph anything that sits still. I also think it is a female red winged!!

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  10. Hi Andrea I have googled it also and I agree with Eileen and Tex that it does look like a female Redwing Blackbird. thanks for the challenge.

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  11. Sorry am the wrong one to ask! But hope for you that Spring will soon arrive:) Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier!

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  12. Yes a female Red-winged Blackbird, for sure and they are really so pretty. They are returning here in great numbers with their mates, out in the plowed corn fields and water reeds~

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  13. wow- I have seen the males all the time. Would never think this is the female. Cute bird and lovely photos.

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  14. Great shots, as always. She looks adorable.

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  15. Well, I finally got some time to do some guide book research this morning and came by to add my 2 cents worth...already everyone agrees [as do my books] it's a female redwing...

    Here's a link

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/red_winged_blackbird_2.jpg

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    1. Oh you are so right ... you all are. Thank you for going to all the trouble of looking it up. The dumb thing is, I have had female Redwing Blackbirds in my yard every summer for years and for some reason it just didn't register ... Maybe because she is all puffed up to stay warm. She just didn't look like herself :( Thanks again Hootin' Annie ... you're a peach :)

      Andrea

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  16. Cute little bird. Snow is April is just so unfair. Wishing you warmer days soon.

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  17. Glad you got an answer, as I would have been no help at all.

    The names and locations of the states in Australia often make me smile - at one time, Darwin, which is on the north coast of Australia was in South Australia!!! Strange.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. Well, I learned something new today. I've never seen the female redwinged blackbird, so I was thinking it was some kind of sparrow. But after looking up the female redwing on google, I have to agree with everyone else. What a pretty little bird.

    Pogo and I wish you Izzi well this week at her trials. I hope you can find a nice compromise on the weather so that it is comfortable for both of you. Have a fabulous day, hugs, Edna B.

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  19. Very clever to get shots at all. Love to see others has the same problem as I. :) As a photographer I love the first image. The trunks so tall without branches. Amazing. :)

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