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Unkown visitor to my feeder in New England. (1 Viewer)

Hello. I have been birding for about 5 years now, I live in North East CT. There was a bird under one of my feeders at about 8am today, that I have never seen before in this area. At first glance it looked like a European Starling, but it was all by itself. After looking through binoculars it had a black body with subtle thick white vertical stipes and a solid black head. It also had short dark legs. I do not recall the color of the beak. I have looked through all my bird books for the U.S and can not identify it. Thought maybe it was just migrating through? Any thoughts or information is greatly appreciated.


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It sounds like a European Starling. Was there something about the bird that made you think it was not one?
It sounds like a European Starling. Was there something about the bird that made you think it was not one?
At first i thought maybe it was a juvenille, but all the pics i saw did not confirm that. It was about the same size as a starling, but the only colors on it where black and white. The hundreds of starlings I have observed although look black from afar, have green, purple and yellow in their feathers. Also the starlings do not have a solid black cap and their feet are yellow. The feet on this bird were like a dark grey.

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