West Hartford birds

by Jim
(West Hartford, Connecticut)

About 8:30 a.m. a flock of small, goldfinch size birds landed i a bush in the front yard. They were vivid blue - vivid like a male goldfinch is. White belly. Appeared to be 20-25 of them. They swooped out of the bush, came back, did again in smaller numbers as some were moving on and then they were all gone. Beautiful little bird. This is a small lot suburb with high density housing, though we are near a wetlands of possibly they might call it a flood plain. It has a lot of wildlife including occasional bears.

Ay ideas what it could be?



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Mar 14, 2013
cerulean Warbler NEW
by: Anonymous

Sounds like it could be a Cerulean Warbler. Good luck identifying your little blue bird! I use an ipro bird app that helps me out tremendously!

Mar 13, 2013
not sure at all NEW
by: GaryE

I see a bunch of blue birds in my bird books which match your description that do not live near Connecticut. I also see a few birds which match your description but they are too large. I can even find a species or two which come close but are a sexually dimorphic species . . . (meaning that the males and females look different). The short version is that I can not find a bird that matches your description exactly.

If you are certain on the size I am at a loss. Also if you are sure that all of the birds looked more or less the same (i.e. they were *not* a sexually dimorphic species) I am at a loss. There is just no way you saw 12 - 16 birds all the same sex that would be just too weird.

Having said all that here are the birds I found which appear similar to your description:

Eastern Bluebird (too large, and sexually dimorphic)
Lazuli Bunting (West coast bird, sexually dimorphic)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (sexually dimorphic, winters in Cuba only in Connecticut in the summer)
Blue-grey Tanager (too large, only appears in North America near Miami as an introduced species)
Cerulean Warbler (sexually dimorphic but only slightly, Winters in South America only appears in Connecticut in the summer to breed)
Western Scrub Jay (only on the west coast, and way way way to big)

Take a look at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search and type in each of them and have a look at those birds and see which looks the closest to what you saw . . . when you have one that is really close take a look at the similar species part of the page and see if you can narrow it down to the species you saw. NOTE you will not find the Blue-grey Tanager in that guide because it only appears in a very very very small part of North America because it is an introduced species which is native to South America.

Let us know if this helps or you figure it out or if you have more questions!

Good Luck!

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