Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:32 PM
Help! I'm very super brand new to bird watching and bird identification, I started off well but am now totally stumped! I live on Whidbey Island in Washington state and saw a bird today at a beach house and it's not in any of the bird books and didn't come up in the search on here. It was not on the beach/in the sand. It landed on the flat roof of the garage and there are lots of trees, bushes and grasses here too. It had a black beak, a gray belly/chest, a black throat patch, a black head, a white ring around it's neck, and a reddish back. It didn't sing just looked at me a minute and flew off. All I can find is the other way around with a red front a black/gray back! Thanks!
Not what you want to see when you go to fill your bird bath, LOL! A stray cat thought it looked like a nice place to rest!