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There was a bird that came often to my jelly dish. It taller/thinner than a cardinal. But it had a cardinal's tail feathers. It was gray and might have had a darker marking on its head. Can anyone help?

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Can you clarify? It had red tail feathers? Also location can help a ton. Try Gray Catbird though. Or female Northern Cardinal. 

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The location was Southern MN. It was all a darker gray with a slightly darker mark on its head. We get indigo buntings here for a brief time...fyi.

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Here's a Gray Catbird... can you describe the beak and any other mark you remember relative to this bird?

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Definately not a catbird. Way less plump and much taller. Also the mark on the head was much more subtle.

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The  indigo buntings are rare here too, but I had seven of them on my rock patio this year...all at once.

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Northern Mockingbird or Townsend's Solitaire?  Just trying to think of more gray birds... 🙂

 

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Yeah I was thinking young Baltimore Oriole as well. Makes sense to be visiting a jelly feeder as well. They have lots of plumages, so make sure to look through lots before you're sure!

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5 hours ago, LisaLisa said:

The location was Southern MN. It was all a darker gray with a slightly darker mark on its head. We get indigo buntings here for a brief time...fyi.

You didn't mention what time of year this sighting occurred...Spring, Summer, June, August...it might be helpful to know that information too. 🙂

What about a juvenile European Starling...they are a drab gray and in my experience with them, they will eat almost anything. 

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