Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mystery Bird

Mystery bird

I saw this charming little bird today, and I can't recall if I've ever seen anything like it before. Its long pointy beak (always open) and an unusually long running stride made it look rather different than what I usually see around here — more like a shore bird than an urban bird. Anyone know what it might be?

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  1. Maybe the local Audobon Society would know? Jen Fruend might know...post it to facebook

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  2. You might find out how common are birders in the Catholic architectural appreciator community. My guess is there is quite an overlap but that not many birders check out your blog. That long sharp bill is impressive. How about something common in the juvenile stage? Seems like the feet are fairly large too. Any way of comparing size to other birds? I enjoy your photography.

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  3. I think it was a bit larger than the typical local sparrows, maybe up to the size of a robin.

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  4. I posted your query to the WhatBird forum, and the answer came back "juvie" European starling, meaning a juvenile born this year.

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