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Bird Identification: CLOSED: What is this (non) Michigan bird?

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OldManIam
Leonard, MI

April 17, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9085834

We had a bird in a tree by our house last evening. We have never seen a bird like it around here. I tried all the searches for usual and unusual birds in Michigan without anything coming up. The only thing I can think is that it was possibly somebody's pet (although we're in a semi-rural area, so not anyone close by).
The sad part, is that it's only a cell phone picture and we weren't able to get close enough to get a great picture of it. It's almost completely off white with the tail being slightly more gray, small beak, and about the size of a large cardinal. If you zoom in on the linked picture, it's right in the center of it. I didn't want to crop or enlarge it or do anything else to possibly ruin whatever resolution is there.
If you would be so kind as to take a look and give me any help on identifying it, I'd sure appreciate it!

http://i.imgur.com/uW8q8.jpg

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9086031

I wonder if it is a regular species you have in Michigan, but that it is leucistic. That is when the bird is partially or even mostly white, but yet not albino. Here is a page that explains it.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/OtherStrangeBirds.htm

I wish I could help you better with the ID.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9086093

Tough from the small image, my best guess from shape and size estimate is a leucistic American Robin

Resin
OldManIam
Leonard, MI

April 17, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9086407

If it weren't simply in my front yard, we might have had a better camera with us. I'm only hoping I get a chance at another picture with it. The size is that of a robin, but I've not seen a robin as skinny as this one?
OldManIam
Leonard, MI

April 19, 2012
7:30 AM

Post #9088735

You were right, it's a robin! I pulled this very telling pic out of an HD video that I took of it.

Thanks!

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #9088792

That is a beautiful bird! And I am glad your mystery is solved.

Resin, you never cease to amaze me. :)

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