What predator bird has brown feathers with large white spots?

by Steve
(Michigan)

Yesterday I heard a lot of screeching going on by my bird feeders. When I looked out I thought I saw what looked like the size of a blue jay attacking a small bird ( I think the victim was a tufted titmouse or chickadee from the feathers.) My instinct was to scare it away but it took off with the small bird in its clutches. When I went out to investigate the plumage...I found the small bird feathers along with some weird looking feathers about 2-3 inches long and about 1/2 - 3/4 wide that were dark brown with distinct white spots! I have looked through all of my Michigan bird books and could not find any matches to that feather. Can you tell me what kind of predator I am dealing with please??? I am worried it will continue to come back and have ordered some caged feeders to help my small birds. THANK YOU. If these feathers do not belong to the predator...what kind of small bird would have these feathers ??? Very concerned.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Flickers Galore

    Sep 27, 16 07:58 AM

    We live in the Midwest and have been seeing as many as ten flickers eating in my neighbors yard. I think they are eating grubs. I have never seen that

    Read More

  2. jamesmoore

    Sep 27, 16 07:57 AM

    It is grey with a long beak and a white ring around it's neck. The bird is about the size of a dove and I live in Florida near the Georgia line.

    Read More

  3. D.Fudge

    Sep 25, 16 05:05 PM

    Larger brown bird with polka dot feathers on their chest and belly/ Long dark beak.

    Read More