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Claudia Jenks — May 13, 01:49AM

Can you help me identify this bird?

Seen this evening (5/12/19) 1-2 hours before dark in southern Wisconsin -
prominent white or light eye ring; head, back and tail were gray or shades of gray; short tail; short tiny beak; dark feet; dark upper bill, lighter lower bill; light or white breast with sparse dark streaks; smaller than a robin, larger than a sparrow. This bird came to our bird bath to drink several times before dark.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide,
Claudia

Ian Hearn — May 13, 02:35AM

Do you have a photo?

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Claudia Jenks — May 13, 07:10AM

I have no photo, sorry.
Thank you for asking.

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Krista — May 13, 10:21AM

Claudia, for bird ID you should try the ABA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/
You will need to provide the location & date of the observation.
Good luck!

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Claudia Jenks — May 13, 03:45PM

I have a picture now. The bird has been back today. Not sure how to post the picture with this inquiry???

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Krista — May 13, 05:16PM

Claudia, you can post a photo on the Facebook page, referenced above.

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Claudia Jenks — May 13, 06:18PM

Thank you for responding again Krista. I forgot to mention that I do not, and will not have a Facebook or any other social media account. Posting on Facebook is not an option for me.

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Ian Hearn — May 13, 06:34PM

Make a eBird list and post the photo under "passerine sp" and if you give a link to your checklist here I'll try and tell you what it is.

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Ian Hearn — May 13, 06:34PM

Make a eBird list and post the photo under "passerine sp" and if you give a link to your checklist here I'll try and tell you what it is.

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Claudia Jenks — May 13, 07:40PM

Thank you Ian!
I posted a couple of the photos I took here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56247688. I ruled out juvenile Robin because it doesn't look like any juvenile or young robins I have ever seen. But maybe I shouldn't have ruled it out...

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Scott Baron — May 13, 08:38PM

Claudia, from the photos that you linked it appears to be a Swainson's Thrush. Note the buffy face and the buffy eye-ring.

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Claudia Jenks — May 13, 09:23PM

Ian, thank you so very much for the help! I believe you are correct. Some of the pictures are dead ringers for what I saw with the naked eye and what the camera saw. I looked at so many pictures yesterday I may have just overlooked it. Since I haven't seen it since 5:37 PM this afternoon it may have already headed north. How lucky we were to have it stop by our yard!
Thanks again ever so much,
Claudia

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kal — May 14, 12:17PM

Claudia - for what it's worth in the future you can upload a picture to an image hosting site like imgur.com and post the link, though preferably not on this forum as it is discouraged since it is a website help support forum not an ID one, but maybe you can search your area for a local mailing list that you can ask for help on. Try this American Bird Association service
http://birding.aba.org/mailinglists.php

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