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Old 11-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
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I spotted this bird (among quite a few others--all common and all known to me), while walking in the yard. It was flitting around in the hedgerow and came very close to me while I was standing in the path. Unfortunately, I didn't get any clear shots when it was nearby--but I did get this one shot while it landed on a nearby branch. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be at an angle to show many markings. I'll also include a blurred shot that gives a better view of the shape of the small bird.

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Old 11-22-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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Don't know but very cute
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:17 AM   #3
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Oh oh oh.... I think I know this little birdie.... it's a catbird. I get quite a few of these by our house. They never come to the birdfeeder. They hang out in the trees and look down at me when I walk near them. They're not skittish at all.

adding.... http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gray_Catbird/id
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:43 AM   #4
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Thanks for trying, Lib, but I've got catbirds and would recognize one. The picture doesn't show the bird very well but it seems to have a lighter colored breast, darker back, and possibly a white streak across the eye, and maybe a colored patch on its head. I think it was a bit smaller than a catbird. It all happened too quickly.

Now I'm starting to wonder if it is a yellow-crowned sparrow...I've seen one at the feeder (and it is the bird that died presumably hitting the glass of the greenhouse). I'd think I could've recognized it in the field...I got a quick glimpse of its markings and didn't think yellow crowned sparrow...so maybe now I'm just grasping at straws.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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Junco?
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #6
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Junco?
It didn't look like a junco. I know the picture isn't good, but I did get a look at it in person...it wasn't nothing that I recognized.

Thanks for trying. It is nice to see you back and posting, loris.
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What kind of wing markings did it have, if any? It is really cute, you know. The white eyebrow looks quite distinctive. The birds I know with an eyebrow like that are my wrens and red breasted nuthatches, neither of which are the right shape or size to be your bird. However, it is a distinct enough feature to look out for when scouting through your field guides.
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What kind of wing markings did it have, if any? It is really cute, you know. The white eyebrow looks quite distinctive. The birds I know with an eyebrow like that are my wrens and red breasted nuthatches, neither of which are the right shape or size to be your bird. However, it is a distinct enough feature to look out for when scouting through your field guides.
It happened so quickly, and I was fumbling with the camera most of the time, so I don't think I noticed any wing markings. I guess scouting through the field guide is my best bet...too bad I didn't try that immediately when the sighting was fresh in my mind.
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My first thought was a white-crowned sparrow White-crowned Sparrow, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology, but the crown doesn't look right. I'm wondering if it could have been a white-throated? White-throated Sparrow, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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My first thought was a white-crowned sparrow White-crowned Sparrow, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology, but the crown doesn't look right. I'm wondering if it could have been a white-throated? White-throated Sparrow, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Thanks for the links, Rebek. At first I thought you were way off--until I realized I was going from memory and not looking at the picture I took (duh!). After opening the photo again and enlarging it, I see markings that I didn't seem to notice or remember before. I;m still not convinced it is either of your suggestions, but the white-throated sparrow seems closest so far. I plan to search the Cornell site (I was on another bird ID site)...but, maybe I should pull out my trusty Peterson's guide as well.

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