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The weirdest bird I've seen going at my HB feeder like there's no tomorrow.  To me, it looks like a catbird mated w a Goldfinch, or maybe more appropriately colored like a Pine Warbler... the head/ longer bill & overall shape just doesn't seem right and it seems to act more like a woodpecker or flicker the way it's been flying/ climbing around my patio where the feeder is.  The coloring is VERY PALE yellow & some white underneath and even the tail feathers are a slight yellow on the top. The rest of the bird is mostly a pale grey-ish color...  BUT THAT HEAD and bill are just throwing me for a loop!

I'm also in AZ & I believe this same bird must be nesting just now - believe I dae it chasing a Grackle away ystdy. It's in a common area tall tree over my pool (the waterfall has seemingly become the neighborhood drinking fountain/ birdbath) - so I get all types of birds from Common Rock & brown/ cream Pigeons, to Great Tailed Grackles, Hummers of course (just had 2 black chinned females fledge), and White Winged Doves plus some pretty strange ones I'm trying to capture photos of 1st.

It's driving me crazy trying to confirm exactly what it is (clearly female from how muted the colors are - ?)

Thx guys

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Wow, thank you! Every pic I've seen online, the head always seems much smaller/ compact w a shorter beak!   I think I also JUST saw the male (the ONLY pair I've seen around here) & he looked all (bright) yellow but with a black mask around his eyes.  Very strange bc I have seen what I thought were Orioles before - but those were much more compact, smaller birds than these guys! (maybe those other more compact yellow/black birds were actually Goldfinches then)

THANK YOU!

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Weirdly enough, cannot find Hooded Oriole in database (even manually) - which would make sense for my having to ask I suppose...  OR I could be just losing my mind!    😆

Thanks again guys!   Very appreciative for your help & patience!

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On 6/10/2021 at 5:04 PM, Gem6155 said:

Weirdly enough, cannot find Hooded Oriole in database (even manually) - which would make sense for my having to ask I suppose...  OR I could be just losing my mind!    😆

Thanks again guys!   Very appreciative for your help & patience!

What database would that be?

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On 6/10/2021 at 5:04 PM, Gem6155 said:

Weirdly enough, cannot find Hooded Oriole in database (even manually) - which would make sense for my having to ask I suppose...  OR I could be just losing my mind!    😆

Thanks again guys!   Very appreciative for your help & patience!

@Gem6155 

https://ebird.org/species/hooori

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Oriole

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