Orange and Yellow Beauties

by Beatrice Jean Impton
(Swanton, Ohio)

I was just coming home from school and I looked outside my kitchen windows to see what birds were out at the feeder like I always do. I look down at the ground where the seeds from our feeders have fallen and where ground feeders eat. I saw this pair of birds side by side with similar markings. One was a bright orange almost like a fluorescent or burnt orange. And the other, I'm assuming female, was a dull yellow. They both had Grayish brown wings and little "stripes" or "spots" on their backs and heads. They're bellies were whitish in color and they were very plump. They had like a wing/ring around their eyes that were grayish brown as well. They looked finch or sparrow like. They were small like a finch or a sparrow. They're beaks looked a bit longer than a finch and a sparrow though. It bothers me that I can't recognize these pretty little birds because I have never ever seen them in my yard before. We either have Gold Finches, Purple Finches, House Finches, Nuthatches, Morning Doves, Black Eyed Juncos -There's a lot of those-, many different kinds of sparrows and a few wood peckers. I live in Northwest Ohio so I thought I'd look into my Birds of Ohio book and couldn't find them in there either! I hope you guys know what bird(s) I'm describing is/are. I'd upload a photo but it's hard to see because of the screen on my window and I didn't want to open my door and scare them away ;v; Thanks a bunch!

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Feb 03, 2013
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by: Judy-Seattle

Hi Beatrice. Your description does sound somewhat like a Varied Thrush, but the Thrush is more the size of a Robin. So I looked in my bird book and think your beauties could be Blackburnian Warblers. My book shows that they are in Ohio. Google it for photos.

Feb 02, 2013
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by: Bettie

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Varied_Thrush/id#similar

I found this photo but although similar it isn't exactly your description. Take a kook at the photos for the Varied Thrush.

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