Date: 5/6/18 2:40 pm From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [FR] Help w/ Bird ID please...LIKE NOTHING I'VE EVER SEEN...Day 3 adding a few NEW PICS
Likely the last pics unless something arises that seems to point to a clincher in the evidentiary area. I limit myself to one photo session per day as it means intruding my physical presence in close proximity to the feeding station. In the 15' I was outside today, the bird was unwilling to come to the suet although it did fly back & forth between the two bordering evergreens several times.
In my initial report I included my observation notes where I indicated what appeared to be yellow/orange in the primary/wing edges. At times since it seemed ivory was a more apt description, but I got a great look thru 10x bins yesterday and it seemed that brownish/reddish was the best descriptor. Of course, red undertail coverts are definitely present, so red would seem to be available in the genetic color palette for other feathers. That's hinted at in the middle photo in this series
Coincidentally, & I think that's all it is, at a time when I was inside I had an adult Catbird near the feeder that had one white wing feather as well as two or more white tail feathers - not seen before & not seen again so far today.
Earlier this season, I had reported on a White-throated Grackle having a go at the suet...do do do do/do do do do...but if I got a pic of it, it was poor quality.
Jim Speicher BroadRun/Burkittsville area [FR] Frederick County WA Co. MOS member
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