American Bird Identification

Jan and I have been trying to identify a bird she has seen in North Carolina.  Can you help  she says –

I’ve looked at a lot of pictures of sparrows and warbles; the body type seems right but none have a body as dark as the one of my deck.

Please read what she says below and get your thinking hat on!

From Jan –

Since posting my comment I’ve done a little research on the internet and found that several small birds have white outer tail feathers, including the vesper sparrow and some warbles.

I’ve looked at a lot of pictures of sparrows and warbles; the body type seems right but none have a body as dark as the one of my deck.

I realize the time of year as well as age and sex of the bird may determine feather color, so this identification is turning out to be complex.

Think the bird has come back to my deck a few times today but I have only caught fleeting glances. Usually I only have a bird bath available but for the last three days have put out a bird feeding mix of seeds.

Got the seeds from two young girls who went door to door in our neighbor (under their grandmother’s supervision) giving out the mix when we had an unusual snow of about 3 inches (7.6cm) the other day. Great activity for children, don’t you think? This little bird seems to like the mix.

BTW, forgot to say that NC stands for North Carolina which is a state on the east coast of the United States of America

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I have had a look on the internet, but it’s hard for me as I’m in England. 

I have only been to the USA once.  It was the trip of a lifetime.  I visited North Carolina and Florida.  In North Carolina we went to stop with my friend’s pen pal who lived in Elk Park.  It was wonderful to stop with a family and see that part of America.

 Hope we can all get together with bird identification and help sort this puzzle out.

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