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    White-throated Sparrow by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    I got a half of a magpie! The top and bottom!
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    Hi all, Today I saw an unusual bird I have never seen in the area. I would appreciate your thoughts on what it could be. Here is my description: Location and conditions -Suburban area outside Vancouver, BC, Canada -Bird spotted in a Holly tree around 11am -Temperatures well below freezing (-11C) Shape -Like a robin, but fatter, almost like a pregnant robin. -Not as large as a crow, but much bigger than finches and starlings Colour -Brown head and wings -Yellow-orange stripe on head (like the Siberian Accentor) -Yellow-orange throat and belly (like the Black-headed Grosbeak) -Distinctive horizontal stripe of brown across the chest -Possible orange speckles on the wings Behaviour -Hopping from branch to branch in a Holly tree -Eating some berries from the Holly tree I have lived here for almost 30 years and never seen a bird like this. I was unable to find candidates from photos online, but I would recognize it if I saw a photo of one. I will update this post with a photo if I can spot it again and snap a picture. Thanks!
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    Why not ask odd dark juv Snow Goose?
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    That's actually a leucistic Black-capped Chickadee. Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in a bird or animal. In this example, it's on the head. Nice find!
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    Male and female Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos:
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    I think am a Cardinal!
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    Yes, Harris's is ruled out by the long wings (extending to tail tip), as that species, being essentially non-migratory, has relatively short wings. Additionally, the tail's color pattern is reversed fro that of Harris's. However, this could be a dark morph of either Red-tailed or Ferruginous hawks, and that's as precise as I can be, given the photos.
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    Thanks for the info and that link. I played the audio, and that is definitely what I heard. I was hoping this bird would have squirrels in its diet, but that does not appear to be the case.
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    appears to be a Ross's goose in right foreground also
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    I don't think you can do much better than this for a first post without a photo (other than -11C in Vancouver??). The links for colour characteristics are interesting.
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    I don't see any blue on my monitor, just black and gray. it could be an effect of the device you're using to view the image. Just to formally confirm, this is a Northern Mockingbird.
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    A pair of American Goldfinches and a Black-Capped Chickadee at the feeder this afternoon.
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    Small head, small bill that juts out sharply, ridiculously long middle toe, tail feathers seem to be all the same length--I'm going for Sharp-shinned. Great shots!
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    I agree with Trevor -- this individual is too rich brown to be a Great-tailed. Also, in most of the Gulf Coast/Florida, note the dark eyes of Boat-tails of both sexes (Great-tails would have pale eyes). Great-tails do not occur in Florida, so this information is only useful in overlap areas like Louisiana and Texas.
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    AAB's page for Hooded Merganser suggests Bufflehead, and Bufflehead suggests the larger goldeneyes, although more so in breeding plumage. The range is good for all. I can't address the wing sounds. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/id
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    Dark morph (rufous is intermediate morph and has a black belly band contrasting with rufous chest and vent area)
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    What points away from a Herring? I think I'd need more photos to really be sure. Considering it's winter on Georgian Bay Herring is more likely, but not definitive at all.
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    @egosnell2002 Yup - Sandhills - had it in my head that it was spelled as two words hence my brain auto generated the wrong code.
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    @egosnell2002 Just pulled up the map and I guess it was more to the NE - it was the Detour Lake mine. Drove all the way from Lake Joseph that day - got to the mine about dusk - probably about 10-11pm and then drove all the way back to Cochrane that night. Took the 652 the next day all the way across the border and came down the Quebec side. I wasn't ebirding at the time and didn't keep very good track of what I saw but do know that I photographed a large enough flock of SHCR that it got flagged when I recently added it after the fact. Nice variety in those lists! - now if only you'd been able to id all those 81 mystery peeps 🙂 so annoying sometimes I know - gull sp are my nemesis.
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    Looks like a dark morph Red-tail rather than Harlan’s, but not sure.
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    Best description I think I’ve seen on this site. I agree with Varied Thrush.
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    Be sure to get @RobinHood's new "Field Guide to Cameras". Watch for the new iCamera app for Android and iOS.
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    Looks good for Lesser Scaup, with that back-peaked head.
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    Doesn’t look like it is a domestic or hybrid. Female MALL can be variable in plumage color, and this just seems to be on the grayer end of the spectrum. The lighting might also be a factor as well.
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    Red behind eyes is also a feature frequent on Red-naped and not something that I've seen on Yellow-bellied.
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    Post pictures of birds fighting.
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    Very nice. I’m pretty sure they’re annual to Florida in the winter, but a good bird nonetheless.
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    Good darned question. I have no idea. I'd guess leucism, but that's all it is: a guess.
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    That's what I was seeing, too. Although there may be branches contributing to, or detracting from the appearance. And great horned can look rusty. I'm not sure if that's seasonal or not.
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    Sure looks to me like the head is nearly as wide as the body - especially in the first crop - which would rule out a hawk. And some possible ear tufts if you look closely. He seems to be looking towards the camera and to the photographer's right. Anyone else agree? Probably wouldn't base my lifelist sighting on this though.
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    If its out of range careful about Winter vs Pacific, although the overall warmth of coloration seems more like Pacific to me. Great bird!
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    Welcome to Whatbird! I agree with @Kevin. The photo is a bit overexposed, making the breast look stark, the bill look almost bluish, and overemphasizing the slight mask. That gave me a bit of trouble but the body shape, posture, and exposed perch are good for a Northern Mockingbird.
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    Wood thrush High Island TX by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    How about an Iceland Gull?
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    Female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (left and right) and Purple Finch (middle).
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    Nothing in the pic elicits even a slightly raised heartbeat, except for the nicely hidden-in-the-open Glaucous, of course. I haven't seen an adult Glaucous in way too long.
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