Ellen

by Ellen
(Queen Anne, Seattle)

slightly smaller than a robin. hopping around backyear. black cap and buff colored body. one had a tail that seemed to be held up. The other didn't seem to have a tail or it was very short. Spotted last week on Queen Anne.

Comments for Ellen

Click here to add your own comments

May 07, 2017
ellen
by: Brook

Hi Ellen,

The one that seems to not have a tail may be a young bird, they don't have their feathers in yet. It could either be a Junco or a chickadee although Juncos have headed for higher elevations now and chickadees will normally eat from hanging feeder, if not available they will eat off the ground.

Are you sure there were no other markings? It would help to make a positive ID

When chickadees are mating they are a more reddish buff
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-capped_Chickadee/id

Junco https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/id Scroll down for pics

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Loud chirp, long tail, hops along ground or fence

    Jul 17, 18 05:14 PM

    I see him usually as it's getting dark or getting light. Because of the lighting it's hard to tell his markings but he seems to be mostly gray. It's a

    Read More

  2. Unknown bird

    Jul 16, 18 03:58 PM

    Size in between robin and small crow. Large white patch on back and yellow under the tail feathers. Possible pale pale red on head .We just saw it today

    Read More

  3. Las Vegas Bird

    Jul 14, 18 04:21 PM

    Does anyone know what bird this is? From Las Vegas, NV

    Read More