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Old Tuesday 7th July 2009, 19:44   #1
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What's with this grey bird?

I don't have picture of this grey bird but it looks similar to a young Grackle only it is smaller. About the size of a cardinal. It is all grey with a darker shade on the wings and tail. It is often seen eating sunflower seeds out of my bird feeder. I have a Birds of North America but can't find it in there either. It is similar in color to a grey catbird. Any ideas?
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Old Tuesday 7th July 2009, 19:54   #2
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What country/Location is it?
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Old Tuesday 7th July 2009, 20:18   #3
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I'm not great at IDs but you might try a Gray Catbird - depending where you are located.
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Old Tuesday 7th July 2009, 20:30   #4
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I live near St Louis, US. I happen to catch sight of the catbird today. And the catbird was a little lighter grey than the other one I keep seeing. The catbird had a black crown on it while this other bird didn't have any unusual markings. I would say the bird I was looking at was a little more greyish brown with black bill and legs. I have seen it in my neighbors yard looking for bugs in the grass.
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If it's eating seeds out of the feeder, it probably isn't a catbird. Try a young starling or cowbird?
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Wasn't it a young Common Starling?
http://ichn.iec.cat/bages/planes/Ima...0vulgaris3.jpg
http://www.mydigishots.com/series/uk...ei_2008/38.jpg

It ate seed of sunflowers? Maybe it was some kind of finch. Do you remember how long its bill was (long like Grackle has or rather short and stount like Sparrows')?
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It had a long longer bill like a grackle. Its color was a lot like a juvenille starling but I believe its tail was longer than the pictures I seen of one.
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Sorry about the Catbird, I'm not familiar with them and did not realize they weren't seed eaters.
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Old Wednesday 8th July 2009, 02:06   #9
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What's about a Northern Mockingbird?

http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...p?photo=239640
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A northern mocking bird has very distinguished white patches on the wings when the bird is in flight and has a black mask like patch along its eyes so I am pretty sure it is not one of those either. I am going to have to try and capture it in a picture and post that. I looked around some more and haven't found anything that really comes close. I don't know how better to describe it. it's head feathers are like a lighter grayish brown like a cowbird. Unlike the cowbird which has a more black colored breat and wings this bird has a shade darker grayish brown than its head color. No stripes nor speckles nor anything like that on its body or wings. The wings seem to be a shade darker close to charcoal gray as well as the tail. It has a black bill with black legs. I'll have to try to grab a picture if it and post that. Then I'm sure it could be identified then.
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You are right, Northern's Mockingbird's white patches are very distinctive. Are you sure that it wasn't a young Common Grackle?
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...p?photo=201627


Picture, even quite bad, would be very helpful.

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Are you sure that it wasn't a young Common Grackle?
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...p?photo=201627


Picture, even quite bad, would be very helpful.
I agree with Wiktoria all the way.
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