Wild Bird Wednesday 77–Mystery Bird

I have a mystery bird for Wild Bird Wednesday. Can anyone ID it for me?

We’ve had a new visitor in our backyard the last 2-3 weeks. It’s similar in size to the Song Sparrow, and feeds on the ground. It resembles pictures of a female or immature Painted Bunting, though it seems to be a bit farther north than expected.

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It’s a very pretty little bird, and a creature of habit. I always find it eating in the same spot, and turned the same direction. Maybe it’s camera shy?

Happy New Year to Stewart and the birders at Wild Bird Wednesday!

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20 thoughts on “Wild Bird Wednesday 77–Mystery Bird

  1. Beak doesn’t seem right for a bunting, not finch like enough. Is the beak a big old finch like beak? The body type seems very “warbler” to me. Wish we could see the front.. 😀 No marks on the wings or tail? Looks as though there is a bit of a white eye ring?? It’s a mystery! I want to know, I hope someone can ID it.. 🙂
    Happy New Year Patti!

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  2. Does anyone think it could be a Red-eyed Vireo? Checked my Birds of North America and that’s as close as I came. Nevertheless, thanks Patti for always having such a keen eye. Another treat!

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