Plain Bird I Can't Identify

by Ithacajosh
(Ithaca, NY, USA)

I've had feeders all my life (let's just say more than fifty years). I'm in Western NY. I had a bird on my feeder that I simply cannot identify. Maybe it's a common one that I've simply never seen.


Although I don't have a pic, I can give a pretty good description. It's all charcoal gray (maybe slightly on the brown side). Slightly darker on the wings and back. Even slightly darker, toward black, on the tail. Black eyes. Finch-like beak, but very dark, almost black. Slim like a cowbird, and about the same size, but not shiny like a cowbird and without a brown head. A little bigger (and slimmer)than the slate-colored juncos I'm used to, and definitely no white or light color anywhere. Not speckled, but I think I can see some very faint stripes on wings and, perhaps, the back. About 70% as big as a red-winged blackbird.

Any ideas, anyone? Thanks!

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Apr 26, 2013
Thank You! NEW
by: Ithacajosh

**Sigh**

You can tell I'm not a professional birder. Thank you for the suggestion. Now that I've looked at many pictures of female cowbirds, I believe you are right. Leave it to a boneheaded guy to ignore the female. :-)

Thanks!

Apr 26, 2013
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by: AuntGiki

maybe a female cowbird

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