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I live in illinois, have several feeders. Have several types of birds, Orioles, robins, grosbeaks, cardinals, hummingbirds, sparrows who all eat jell (1 Viewer)

Sharonw112

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I live in illinois, have several feeders. Have several types of birds, Orioles, robins, grosbeaks, cardinals, hummingbirds, sparrows who all eat jelly. Now have a new bird, all white with some black on his feathers. Cant identify him. About size of oriole. Any ideas?
 

nartreb

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Take a photo if you can. I'm betting it's a normally-black bird with a pigment irregularity (piebald leucism). Grackle, maybe?

Also look up black- billed magpie, but if you saw one in Illinois, it may have had help getting there.
 

delia todd

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Hi Sharon and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators. I think Nartreb is right about the leucism, but do have a look at the magpie he suggested.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
 

KC Foggin

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Welcome aboard Sharon and please join in wherever you like. ;)

A lot of my yard birds have taken to the jelly feeders but I don't think I have ever seen a Grackle at one.
 

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