Mystery Dark Brown Sparrow in Seed Bowl?

by Lynda
(Delta, BC, Canada)

big reddish brown mystery sparrow

big reddish brown mystery sparrow

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We recently added the Nyjer seeds to the mix. This morning brought an as yet unidentified, robin-sized, sparrow-like bird. A HUGE one that fills out the seed bowl.


We're pretty sure it's not the Song Sparrow we've been feeding, unless it REALLY gorged itself within the last few days, darkened its tan plumage to a very dark brown plumage, and its legs became black in colour, too.

As for the guess about it being a Fox Sparrow, the photos we've found of the Sooty Pacific variant show a yellow beak, not a black one.

Checking out the regional bird lists have not yielded any luck, either. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Speckled reddish brown plumage.
Tan streaks on head and face.
Black beak. Black legs.

thank you very much!
Lynda

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Apr 15, 2014
google it
by: Anonymous

female red winged blackbird


Feb 15, 2014
thank you everyone!
by: Lynda

thanks to everyone for your help!

Feb 14, 2014
song sparro
by: Anonymous

It's a song sparrow. Just may be larger than the one that is usually at your feeder. Not a female RW Blackbird.

Feb 14, 2014
Bird ID
by: AuntGiki

you're welcome :)

Feb 14, 2014
mystery bird
by: Judy-Seattle

My first thought was also a female Redwing Blackbird. They look nothing like the males.

Feb 13, 2014
Mystery Brown Sparrow Identified
by: Lynda

I have never seen the female redwing blackbird before -- always the males. It's like they could be two different species!

thanks AuntGiki!! :)

Feb 13, 2014
Bird ID
by: AuntGiki

looks like a female red-wing

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