baffled on this wild bird identification

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by chicknmania, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    OK, we have never seen this before, and we think these were migrating birds and are dying to know what they were. I have researched on the net and come up zip, so I was hoping someone somewhere on here might recognize this. We found a flock of these birds in the large wetland area which borders the very large woodland behind our house, and there are also lots of fields. It was a beautiful warm sunny day today and these birds were foraging on the ground, where the water had dried up in the swamp, so maybe looking for bugs/ frogs?. They flew to to the trees when we approached. They have a high warbling call. We got a fairly good look at one; his body was dark colored, maybe dark gray or brown, possibly black. His head and neck were goldish-orange, Also, the neck feathers were very long, similar to what you find on a rooster. About seven or eight inches long. Anyone? What is this bird? [​IMG]
     
  2. sdshoars

    sdshoars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a picture would help...
     
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    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yellow headed blackbird?
     
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  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I tried whatbird before byc and it was no help at all. And we didn't have a camera with us,unfortunately. I'm not familiar with a yellow headed blackbird, we have red-winged's here and it wasn't that. Not an oriole, either.
     
  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hey, I googled the yellow headed blackbird, and it is very similar to what we saw! The call doesn't match though, but maybe they have more than one. I will ask my DS what he thinks, he was with me, but I think it is very close. And that would be their habitat and they would be migrating now. But you know how bird identification is.....if he thinks I[m wrong, I'll let you know![​IMG]
     

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