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)
-Like a robin, but fatter, almost like a pregnant robin.
-Not as large as a crow, but much bigger than finches and starlings
-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
-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.