Unknown Bright Orange Bird in Connecticut

by Mike
(Connecticut)

There was a bright (very bright!) orange bird on one of our feeders (a suspended plate with sunflower seeds) this evening. Its body was bright orange with dark wings and the top of its head was dark. By "dark", I mean I'm pretty sure they were black, but it was getting dark so they may have been dark grey. The dark portion of the head was clearly distinct from the dark portion of the back/wings (with orange in between), and part of the back was also orange (surrounded by black).


I checked my bird book, thinking it was an oriole, but none seemed to have this pattern. The picture that most closely resembled it was a black-headed grosbeak, but the picture has a fully orange breast, and this bird had orange on the front breast, but then under the wings it was black, and then orange again on the lower rump. The orange on the upper portion was slightly brighter (it looked the same until using binoculars), and the orange on the breast was duller (maybe slightly more yellow-orange). Also, I don't think the black-headed grosbeak is found in Connecticut. Nothing else in my book looked anything like it.

My dad was home all day, and said it was going to and from the feeder for a good part of the day.

Any thoughts? Thank you in advance for any input!

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