Can you ID this bird?

by Marina True
(Silver Spring)

I saw a bird I couldn't identify at Rock Creek Park, near the creek and not far from Boundary Bridge. It was a sparrow sized bird with a bright buff breast, no streaking (the color of a Carolina Wren's breast). It had a narrow black breastband just where the neck meets the breast. This band was very narrow and went all the way across the breast. It did not have a long tail.

No photo, I'm afraid. Do you have any idea what this bird might be?


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Mar 13, 2013
What time of year? NEW
by: GaryE

Hi Mariana . . I am in Silver Spring as well and go to Rock Creek park from time to time.

Unfortunately if you were in the park during the spring or fall migration season . . . that bird could be from anywhere . . . As part of our Fonz membership my wife and I belong to a bird group (whose names always escapes me) that is attached to the Zoo/Smithsonian . . . with that paid membership (in addition to the Fonz fee) comes 2 free guided walks a year through Rock Creek Park during the height of the two migration seasons with some amazingly knowledgeable bird guides (all of which have PhD's and can identify birds with astonishing speed). So if you were there during migration time . . . your bird could have been from just about anywhere which will make it very hard to identify.

So give us time frame and we might be able to narrow it down. It does not sound like any of the typical Washington DC area birds though so I am guessing it is migratory.

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