Bigger than a Jay with a woodpecker beak

by Michele
(Central Alberta Canada)

Hi,

We have a new visitor to our winter feeders.

Approximately 1.5 x larger than a Blue Jay in girth (smallest we've seen it on a warm day) and taller from feet to the top of the head.

Eye is black and the size of a large "chickpea"

Long slim but sturdy black beak like a woodpecker's beak.

Dusty brown feathers head to tail on the back.
Light sand colour feathers on the breast to butt

Rusty orange patch on throat to cheeks

Black broad "chevron" (point down) shaped patch at the top of the chest.

Loves to eat the song bird suet block.

Sorry no picture yet.

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