[CT Birds] rare bird?
shilohdad01 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 12 10:50:43 EST 2014
If you have a Sibley guide, look at the illustration of a 1st winter bird. That should match the bird you are seeing. Sometimes the breast spot is even more defined than shown in that illustration. I am looking at one at my feeder as I write this, and its breast spot is very prominent, as well as having "whiskers".
South Salem, NY (a.k.a., West Ridgefield)
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> On Feb 12, 2014, at 9:55 AM, Leslie DeLong <lesliedelong at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am a long time, relatively novice bird watcher. I have twice now briefly seen a confusing bird at the feeder. We have a number of white throated sparrows, and it resembled one (head stripes, light throat) but with a big spot in the middle of the breast. It also has what I call black "wiskers" coming down from the bill.
> The breast spot doesn't look like the type of spot I have seen on song sparrows - there is no streaking near it.
> Any better suggestions for possible identification and field marks I should look for next time it shows up?
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