need help identifying big grey bird

by Vicki T
(new berlin,wisconsin)

Spotted a large, robin size, dark grey bird drinking water from a muddy puddle. It's beak was long and solid, kind of like a woodpecker. The underside, below the neck was white. The bottom section of the wings had wide, 1-2 inches, white bands, speckled with black spots. When it flew off it MAY have has white on the tail. When it landed high in a tree it clung on similar to a woodpecker. Spotted it in wisconsin, today oct 4. Can't find it in any of my books. Any ideas?

Comments for need help identifying big grey bird

Click here to add your own comments

Oct 09, 2012
A Flicker
by: Shirl Abrahamson

It sounds like a northern flicker. They are a woodpecker. Hope this helps.

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. white bird

    Jan 18, 17 03:08 PM

    long thin legs white heavy looking

    Read More

  2. New Jersey Backyard

    Jan 11, 17 10:20 AM

    Woke up yesterday morning to find a group of about a dozen of these large-breasted birds with proportionately small heads and a long tail. Suburban Southern

    Read More

  3. L Spence

    Dec 31, 16 08:25 PM

    I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The

    Read More