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Started by mirussell, 08/28/2014 05:59PM
Posted 08/28/2014 05:59PM | Edited 09/20/2014 05:57AM Opening Post
Sorry for the lousy photo quality - the point-and-shoot Panasonic wasn't cooperating, and the birds moved too fast to give me a second chance at each perspective. This pair of birds showed up a week ago, and haven't returned since that one brief sighting. They're shaped something like a brown-headed cowbird, about 6-1/2" to 7" long (that bird bath is 16" diameter), but have that piebald feathering you see in the photos that follow. I've looked in Peterson, Audobon and internet; I'm stumped. Maybe a cowbird with intermediate or mutant plumage? Any ideas?

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Posted 08/28/2014 06:00PM #1
Posted 12/12/2014 05:35PM #2

I looked, I didn't see anything that looked reasonable.. I suspect a juvenile so thinking.. Sibley is good for that.. Something about the shape suggests a starling to me.. They have a lot of looks..