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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2014
6:20 AM

Post #9780679

This bird was at our feeders today. It is completely black, feet, bill and eyes. It is larger than a sparrow and smaller than and cardinal. Puzzled by this one. Thanks in advance for you help.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2014
8:49 AM

Post #9780805

This is more than likely a male, Red-winged Blackbird that got separated from his flock. In the winter, they will hide their red "epulates" which they display to impress the females and claim territory during breeding season. Normally, the bit of yellow is showing, but I did have a male last week who completely hid his wing color.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 3, 2014
11:01 AM

Post #9780908

Ditto to Chillybean, the red shoulder is often hidden.

Resin

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 6, 2014
3:19 PM

Post #9783374

I had some Redwing Blackbirds on the feeder today. They are bigger than this bird was and the wing epulates were there. Some were yellowish and some were already red. Sorry I do not have a better picture.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 6, 2014
4:47 PM

Post #9783443

Brightened the second pic - clinches it as a Brown-headed Cowbird. Note the thicker bill, and the brown on the head is visible (just!).

Resin

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 9, 2014
10:51 PM

Post #9786165

Thank you. I see the brown now.

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