by Rosemary
(B.C. Canada)

We live In North eastern B.C. Canada. I have been watching backyard birds for quite a while, and although not an expert, I can identify quite a few. Two days ago, while a group of sparrows and their your families were enjoying our feeder, another bird jumped upon the porch railing.

At first, I thought that it was going to be another sparrow, but then I couldn't help but stare. He/she was a bit taller than a sparrow, and sat nicely upright, not a dumpy bird.but not thin like a swallow. The sun was young in the day and I couldn't tell if his primary color was black or dark brown. Because the only view that I had was straight on I couldn't see if their were any markings. He had a light gray chest down from his beak. His head and sides/wings were black/dark brown, his legs seemed light orange. And his beak was a very bright almost reddy orange. It was thin,sharp looking,(, the best example that I can think of: more like an Oriole. He/she sat there for maybe thirty seconds and then flew as I called to my hubby to "look at this bird". On line bird identifiers have been no help, and I can't find anything in my big bird books except one almost impossible bird- the Black Nightingale thrush that is supposedly gone. I'm not a kook. I'm a sane, intelligent grandmother who can't get a bird sighting out of her mind. NOw, maybe you all have flocks of these birds at your feeders. If so, please tell me what this bird's name is?

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Aug 28, 2014
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by: Rosemary

For those of you that are trying to help me find out the name of our strange bird visitor, I live in Hudson's Hope, near the River. We have a huge fire burning very near us and I know that there are fires burning up the west coast of the Us and in B.C. I mention this because it seems to me that these natural events can cause some birds to fly off track and end up in different places. Thank you all for your help, Rosemary

Aug 27, 2014
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by: Susan

Rosemary, it would help if you could let us know in what part of British Columbia you live.

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