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Help ID this small bird - WA, USA (1 Viewer)

agreach2

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United States
Hi there. We recently moved to southwestern WA and put up a bird feeder and love spotting the new birds in this area. My wife and I can't seem to agree on what bird this is. We have seen multiple dark-eyed junco and then this one came. It's slightly bigger than the juncos. It is fairly dark on top, brown/gray.
I think what's throwing us off is the spotting on the breast/belly. It doesn't seem like a juvenile junko because of it's size, but from the references I've looked at adult dark-eye juncos don't generally have spotting like that. We are thinking either a variation of dark-eyed junco, fox sparrow, or maybe hermit thrush.
It likes to stay on the ground a lot and dig around, and eat from the feeder.

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What do you all think? Dark-Eyed Junco ? Fox Sparrow ? or Hermit Thrush ?

Thanks in advance for any help for this beginner :)
 

agreach2

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United States
Fox sparrow! Thank you so much for your reply. Is it a female? I guess a lot of the pictures I've seen in my books/online show them more colorful, especially on top but I guess this is a darker/browner variant.

Thank you :)
 

Bird_Enthusiast

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Fox sparrow! Thank you so much for your reply. Is it a female? I guess a lot of the pictures I've seen in my books/online show them more colorful, especially on top but I guess this is a darker/browner variant.

Thank you :)

I think it's a Sooty Fox Sparrow

 

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