[CT Birds] Dark Unknown Bird West Hartford yard

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jul 24 10:38:36 EDT 2015

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.

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> 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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