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Kristen Robertson — May 13, 02:30PM

Just wanted to see if I could get some help identifying a bird?

I live in Enterprise, AL and a bird came to my backyard yesterday (5/12/13) that I've never seen. It only stayed about 15 seconds, so I couldn't get a photo. I studied the colors I could see through my binoculars. It was sitting on a fence next to a female Eastern bluebird as well. I could only see it's breast and wing. The breast was spotted or speckled blue on white. There was no orange color on the breast at all or else I would have assumed it was a juvenile bluebird. What really threw me were the two bars on the wing. They were an orange or rust color, not white like I would have expected. The size of the bird was also larger than the male and female bluebird, but it still looked like a juvenile, having a more narrow body. It was also similar to a mockingbird, but colored nothing like a mockingbird. I've looked at all of the google images of various blue birds including molting, fledlings, and juveniles, but can't make an identification. Just wondered if a more experienced birder might be able to help. Thanks! kristen

Brian Sullivan — May 13, 01:59PM eBird Staff

Hi Kristin

This eBird Help Center is really designed to help you with problems related to eBird, and there are better venues for questions about bird identification. I suggest you try to online group called BirdChat. That is a great group for basic ID questions.



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John — May 16, 10:06AM

I would try for ID related purposes.

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Debbie — May 16, 11:58AM

I would second the whatbird forums. They have been invaluable to me many times in IDing "mystery" birds.

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