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#1 kate cowan

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:31 PM

Been searching web sites for 2 days, please help. Seen this bird on April 19th,
Bird is about fat male Robin size, has a Crest like a cardinal, its totally black on back and head, and has a brilliant Orange belly. Sorry, no pictures, was reaching for camera and it was gone.
It is not a Wisconsin bird, must be migrating. I seen it for about 5 seconds and it was gone, did not see any others with it,

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Kate

#2 Photgog

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

Go to this page and pick out the head of your bird.

http://identify.what...als.aspx#Values

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Sounds a bit like a Black-headed Grosbeak but not the correct range. Or a Painted Redstart but that is REALLY out of range

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:00 PM

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Sounds a bit like a Black-headed Grosbeak but not the correct range.


For reference:

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

I was thinking an Eastern Towhee, at least the colors match, but a crest can be really confusing sometimes. Here is a pic of a black-throated sparrow (crest is just wind blowing the feathers up on the back of his head).

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Here's a pic of an Eastern Towhee (haven't figured out adding 2 pics at once, so had to edit).

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

Eastern Towhee is a GOOD suggestion...

http://identify.what...ern_Towhee.aspx

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:09 PM

That would be my call as well. They can look quite crested at times.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

Yeah. . . with the wind it might look like it had a crest.

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#8 kate cowan

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

Sorry people, thanks for trying to help.

This bird is: Solid Black Back and Crested Head
Brilliant, brilliant Orange Breast

No the wind was not blowing, it had a Cardinal like Crest on its head.
It reminded me of a Cardinal, but was larger than one.

Thanks again,

Kate




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