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Victoria — July 18, 06:05PM

Can someone help id a bird?

While visiting Fenwick Island, MD, in the morning, I enjoyed watching a bird, black in color, with a wide, bright yellow stripe across its wings, fly back and forth across the canal. I tried to take a picture but did not succeed. When I googled this description, only a red-winged black bird comes up. I've looked at several field identification guides, but have not had luck. Yes, the bird I saw was similar in size and appearance to a red-winged blackbird, but that yellow stripe showed no signs of red and was quite spectacular. Can anyone help me? Please and thank you.

Bill Fiero — July 18, 03:21PM

Hi, Victoria. I googled some images of Red-Wings and see that some of them have very pale red epaulets, also some of the immatures don't have the bright red in them yet. Check out some online images and see if any look like the bird. I see plenty of them in NY, and there is variation in them.

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Victoria — July 19, 07:59AM

Bill, thank you for your swift reply. I noted you wrote "red-wings" so I tried "yellow wings" and the results pictured a bird much more like the one(s) I saw along the MD canal. The yellow patch is certainly the right color. The pictures of the bird with wings somewhat outstretched are close to what I saw. The stripe is not as wide. The yellow wing also like marshy, watered areas, similar to where I was staying. However, the biggest problem is the yellow wings are native to Puerto Rico and more tropical South American areas. Still it may have migrated. Again, thank you.

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