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#1 mcvliet



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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:12 PM

This black bird is new this year. It is just a bit smaller than a Cardinal. Bird is black. Beak may be dark gold and blackish. This bird has a bright yellow (or possibly white) stripe on the wing below the shoulder which is visible when the bird is resting. The stripe is less than one inch and lays horizontially. Black feet. Eye is black. Somewhere on this bird is a red mark which I only see when it's in flight. Cannot tell where the red is... maybe under wing or tail. We've not seen this before and thought it was a red-winged blackbird at first glance. If it is, it does not have the red and yellow stripe typically seen. I am really stumped on this one. Any help would be very much appreciated. We are in central NY. Closer to PA than Canada. In the Binghamton area. Thank you for your time.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:33 PM

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It sounds like a male Red-Winged Blackbird to me. The red stripe can be a bit small sometimes and actually hidden when the bird is at rest under other feathers, which might be allowing you to only see the whitish-yellow stripe below it. There's always variation between individuals, so you could have found a male with a particularly small red patch.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:56 PM

Yeah, doesn't sound like it could be anything other than red-winged blackbird.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

Agree with Red-winged Blackbird and I'd be willing to bet it's a subadult male. They grow in the yellow on the epaulette (shoulder patch) before the red.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

Here's a pic of a red-winged blackbird where the red is hidden.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:38 PM

Another vote for RWBB

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:13 AM

I agree, Redwinged Black bird. Try the photo for comparison.

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