Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brown-headed or Shiny?

Birding was fun and challenging today - the sun and haze was right in my face as I tried to identify a bird. A seasoned birder was in the area and pointed out that we had a female Shiny Cowbird - you be the judge.
Bill looks thin and pointed which would indicate a Shiny

A pale throat which would point to Brown-headed

Here the plumage looks streaked - pointing to a Brown-headed

Streaked belly again

Here the bill is definitely pointy - like a Shiny

Those wings - definitely rounded which points to a Shiny Cowbird. 

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