Bird with red under the wings

by Celeste Lamosse
(New Haven, Iowa)

Saw a bird at a feeder in northern Iowa. Near woods, water and open fields. Bigger than a finch, smaller than a robin. Grayish brown, very sparrow type coloring, distinct white stripe going horizontal across the eye area, buff colored breast. Most striking thing were the brilliant red patches that showed on the body underneath the wings when the bird flapped or flew. Can't find a matching bird anywhere!

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