Unknown bird

by Jean
(Ohio USA)

At our birdfeeder in SW OH is this small bird about the size of chickadees. He is totally charcoal .. more black than gray with a small white patch on his underside between the legs. This white does not extend up the breast. There is no light color around the head at all .. just this same charcoal. My friend a few houses away has also seen this bird and has tried to determine what it is. We cannot find it in any of the bird books we have. We're unable to get a picture of it. Any ideas??

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Feb 11, 2014
UnknownBird NEW
by: Bettie Watts

Sounds like a dakeyed Junco. I would post a photo if I knew how.

Jan 22, 2014
by: Linda B

Sounds like a Junco.

Jan 21, 2014
Junco (snowbird)?
by: Anonymous

Usually I get many more than just two, but they've been coming back for a number of winters now (more each year). Most prefer ground feeding but some do venture onto the feeders.

Jan 04, 2014
Unknown bird in SW OH
by: Jean (Ohio USA)

We still haven't figured out these birds. I finally thought to get my little pair of binoculars and look at the birds. These are not powerful glasses but I could make out stripes of dark grey/lighter grey on their breast and on the back that appears with the naked eye to be solid charcoal, I could make out charcoal stripes and lighter charcoal stripes running lengthwise of the back and wings. There are no other colors appearing around the face of these birds. Does this sound like anything anyone has identified?

Jan 04, 2014
same charcoal colored birds as SW
by: Anonymous

We're seeing similar charcoal-colored birds on the ground around our feeder....never on the feeder. They come in a pair and seem to stay away from the other birds. They are very plain, no tufts, but we haven't seen the small white patch. Hope someone can identify them......JW

Jan 02, 2014
SW OH unknown bird
by: Anonymous

We have 2-3 inches of snow this morning but there were 2 of these charcoal birds on the ground under the feeder scratching through the snow and picking at the seeds below the snow. I have not seen one on the feeder itself .. they're always on the ground ... if that is a clue as to what they are. My husband thought they appear to be a male and a female. They were too low in the snow to be able to see if both had that light patch on the underbelly. I've seen the picture of the titmouse but not sure that's what this is. Sure do appreciate your comments.

Jan 02, 2014
unknown bird
by: Brook

Is there only one bird or several and do they all have this white patch?

Jan 01, 2014
by: Susan

It could be a titmouse.

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