Date: 3/12/17 5:44 pm
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Fairfax feeder with all black birds, thick bill, need ID help
Jerry,

those are female Brown-headed Cowbirds. They can look a little
different, depending on the light. Note the rather short heavy beak -
different from most blackbirds, which have longer sharper bills.

Good birding,
Tony Futcher

Hyattsville, MD


On 3/12/2017 6:03 PM, Jerry Blondell wrote:
> Could someone help me identify the all-black birds in the two videos
> from my bird feeder cam this afternoon.
>
> Reply directly to <jblondell...> unless I've stumbled across
> something really rare, then reply to list.
>
> Each video is just a minute long and has close ups of all black birds,
> with black eyes, and a thick beak. Has to be female cowbirds I guess,
> but guide books say they should be paler gray-brown (Sibley) and these
> don't look right?
>
> https://youtu.be/4CfC-1Dzkkk
>
> https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI
>
>
> Jerry Blondell <https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI>
>
> Springfield, Fairfax, VA <https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI>
>
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