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Need help with this looks like flicker but blue near Portland, Oregon

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The first I've ever seen of this bird in our area today, March 16th, near Portland, Oregon by the Columbia River. Need help identifying this one please...
 

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24 minutes ago, Bird Brain said:

Agree, European Starling. Surprised you haven't seen one there before. I thought they were everywhere!!

They are ... but sure change drastically into breeding plumage if you haven't been in the habit of noticing them. (As many birds do)

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12 hours ago, SirVive said:

 

They are ... but sure change drastically into breeding plumage if you haven't been in the habit of noticing them. (As many birds do)

European Starlings wear only one plumage a year. The white spots at the tips of the feathers grown in late summer/early fall wear off through the year until they are gone by spring.

https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/20.pdf

Flickers do not have yellow bills, nor extensive blackish plumage.

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2 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

European Starlings wear only one plumage a year. The white spots at the tips of the feathers grown in late summer/early fall wear off through the year until they are gone by spring.

https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/20.pdf

Flickers do not have yellow bills, nor extensive blackish plumage.

This explains a lot. I watch birds in our area constantly and this one has escaped me, until now, after I put out a Suet feeder, THEN they came out... Fruit and nuts and seeds not as interesting to them I guess... live and learn.

Thanks to ALL who chimed in here on this bird I SHOULD KNOW... I appreciate.

 

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10 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

European Starlings wear only one plumage a year. The white spots at the tips of the feathers grown in late summer/early fall wear off through the year until they are gone by spring.

https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/20.pdf

Flickers do not have yellow bills, nor extensive blackish plumage.

Didn't realize that they merely wore out that almost pretty, speckled, iridescent suit they wore on spevial occasions ☺️

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