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Thank you for the compliments as well! It was a nice suprise to have our little visitor!
Thank you for the ID!
I agree with the Red-winged Blackbird ID. They do look odd in this plumage.
On closer inspection of the beak in particular, I think you're right on your ID of it being a juvenile red-winged blackbird. Interesting how similar the plumage patterns between these two species. Very nice photos. I used to get red-winged blackbirds in my yard when I was about a mile from a park with a lake. They loved sunflower seeds and would get on the shepherd crooks in the yard like reeds and slide down them to catch bugs in the yard. They have a very distinct call.
This is a common starling. They are an invasive non-native species that were brought here years ago as captive song birds. I rehabilitated one that had been shot. In a group, you'd never know they made pretty music. By themselves, they have quite the repertoire and can mimic other sounds. I used to leave classical music on when I was at work. One day, while sleeping (I had the night shift), my starling started singing an entire symphony he had heard on the radio.
It is a juvenile male Red-winged Blackbird. Nice spot.
Lat: 44.95, Long: -69.73
Spotted on Apr 9, 2012 Submitted on Apr 9, 2012