Similar to a red-winged blackbird

by Jean
(Racine, Wisconsin)

We saw a bird about the size of a red-winged blackbird at the feeder. Instead of the red and yellow should/wing patch of a male, this bird had a distinct tan band about a quarter of the way down the wing. No clues as to which bird it is. Bird coloring was dark brown/black.

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May 23, 2014
mystery bird NEW
by: Anonymous

I looked up the cowbird. Unless this bird has a distinctly tan horizontal bar just past the shoulder, it's not the bird. Haven't seen it since either.

May 22, 2014
Shiny cowbird NEW
by: AnonymousAmy

Maybe shiny cowbird or common gackle. Look them up and compare. Let us know after you identify! Good luck!

May 20, 2014
How did it compare to...
by: Margaret Squires

How did it compare to a Brown Headed Cowbird or a Bronzed Cowbird. I'm confused about the brown and black coloring. Did you notice its eye color or beak color/shape? Sounds intriguing!

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