[CT Birds] Dark Unknown Bird West Hartford yard

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 10:46:44 EDT 2015


I agree with Frank. 

Mark Szantyr

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 10:38 AM, Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 
> Hi Kat,
> To me it looks like an unusually dark-pigmented (melanistic) female House Sparrow. It's the same size, proportions, bill shape and size, as the male HOSP next to it.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 24, 2015, at 8:59 AM, Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> 
>> A bird I can't identify has been in our yard and at the sunflower seed
>> feeder this week.  It is about the size of a sparrow, and hangs around with
>> them.  The bird is uniformly very dark gray, almost black, with no other
>> color. Even its feet and beak are very dark gray or black. Its beak is
>> conical and looks most like a sparrow beak.  I've looked at pix of finches,
>> buntings, and sparrows without finding it.  It is much smaller than a crow,
>> blackbird, etc., and is not shiny.  Photos from my bird feeder are here:
>> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4l287han0zatxs4/AAD_lwpsI0fuey5pK3FE8Pqxa?dl=0
>> Any ideas about what it is would be most appreciated.
>> 
>> Kat Kuckens
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