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Old 06-01-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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These two were sitting very high up in a tree next to a field, about 100 yards from a beaver bog. This is about 80 miles from the shore in N. central Mass. I realize the pic doesn't give much to work with but I can find nothing with that dark grey body, light grey head and black eye patch like the bird on the right has. I assume they were a mating pair as they took off and flew away together. This pic was taken in October. I recognize the possibility that the light is tricking me with regard to the colors on his head. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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I searched for you but wasn't able to come up with an ID on them either ...
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:55 AM   #3
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I bet they're starlings.

Scroll down to the European starling fall plumage picture here:

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Old 06-02-2010, 05:47 AM   #4
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That's it, swamp thing, thanks. I though tthe one on the left looked like a Starling, but I forgot to check out possible seasonal plumage. Lesson learned...again! Thanks a lot.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:33 AM   #5
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Jeeese, and that was my first thought when I saw their breasts but when you spoke about the grayer head it threw me....
GOOD, I don't have to search any further.... Not saying I don't like the quest.

Buluc, I enjoy your "What are these" whatever they may be...Every search teaches something. Better than playing those crossword puzzles that so many are hooked upon. I'd rather learn about natural things than.... beterin ma vo ca boo lar eeeee. I'm sure there's room for improvements there as well though.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:19 PM   #6
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Jeeese, and that was my first thought when I saw their breasts but when you spoke about the grayer head it threw me....
GOOD, I don't have to search any further.... Not saying I don't like the quest.

Buluc, I enjoy your "What are these" whatever they may be...Every search teaches something. Better than playing those crossword puzzles that so many are hooked upon. I'd rather learn about natural things than.... beterin ma vo ca boo lar eeeee. I'm sure there's room for improvements there as well though.
Well, you folks get the (to me) tougher ones that I can't ID through my other sources. As I get better at utilizing my resoures I'm getting stumped less often. Also, when I am stumped by a bird ID, I often don't have a clear enough pic to post for an ID request (less a problem with bugs and especially flowers). I'll tell you, if I ever get a high quality camera, yea verily, there will be a flood of pics with the heading "What's this?"
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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One thing I remember about starlings is the color of there beak changes due to the season, I think. --Just looked it up...beak is yellow in summer and black/grey in winter.
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