Unique sound !

by Karen
(Pine Valley, CA)

I heard him today in the creek off our home. I've never heard this sound before. I finally found him in our oak tree. He was about 6" in size. He appeared to be all black, but when he flew to another tree he had some orange under the top of his wings. You couldn't see the orange until he flew. He sure could make a lot wonderful sounds! He hung around for about half an hour then he left. I've looked in my bird books but haven't founds anything that looks like him. Sure hope you guys can help me identify him. Really awesome bird !! ( I'm in Pine Valley, east of San Diego in the mountains at an elevation of about 3,800 ft.) Thank You! I've lived here for 38 years & this is the first time I've seen & heard this bird !!

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Mar 17, 2015
unique sound ! NEW
by: Brook

Hi, I'm not familiar with your area but it is migration season, so it could have been a passer by on it's way North. You are the the Pacific flyway so you can check the migration map of where the different species are in their migration now. Hopefully some from around there will give you a better idea. Are you certain the orange wasn't a red? Was the whole under-wing red?

Have fun!

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