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Hello.  On 8/21 I was in my backyard on north shore Suffolk County,  Long Island, New York.  I was sitting with the birds and quite close to a generically seeded round feeder so I got a good look at a pair that flew in with no "I'll sit over here and check out the scene before sitting at the bar."  About the size of a grackle but so beautiful.  Mainly black breast and black head had some brown stripes.  Black wings lined and dotted with copper/gold and thin white stripes.  Wings' pattern similar to what I see in my book as female Northern Harrier.  Hope they weren't just breezing through.

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9 minutes ago, New Disciple said:

Hello.  On 8/21 I was in my backyard on north shore Suffolk County,  Long Island, New York.  I was sitting with the birds and quite close to a generically seeded round feeder so I got a good look at a pair that flew in with no "I'll sit over here and check out the scene before sitting at the bar."  About the size of a grackle but so beautiful.  Mainly black breast and black head had some brown stripes.  Black wings lined and dotted with copper/gold and thin white stripes.  Wings' pattern similar to what I see in my book as female Northern Harrier.  Hope they weren't just breezing through.

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Female Red-winged Blackbird?  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id

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