Montrose Point, April 11

These first two photos are of some sparrow or sparrow-like birds that I could not identify.  After looking around in the small Sibley Field Guide and online I still was not sure.  There were groups of them, usually two to six.  Black beak and legs.  Hint of pink… House Finch?

My wife and I had heard reports of Kestrels around Montrose Point for several weeks now.  Today was the first time I saw it (wife was taking Thrasher pictures).  It was being chased by a single blackbird.  On the way home we spotted one flying very high over the harbor and toward Irving Park.

Please help! What are these?

Edit: Mystery solved. These are female Red-winged Blackbirds.  (Not even on my short list.)  Thanks to the IBET group members who helped ID.

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What is this?? it is a female Red-winged Blackbird.
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Mystery Sparrow or Finch (or?). Edit: the female R-w Blackbird.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
American Coot
American Coot

Conditions: 72°, clear, no wind, 3:30-5:20pm
Northern Flicker (3 at least)
Brown Thrasher (2 at least)
American Kestrel
Ring-billed Gulls
Horned Grebe (5+)
American Coot (10+)
Mallards
Red-breasted Mergansers
Canadian Geese
Cardinals
Grackles
Red-winged Blackbirds
Purple Martins (?)
Sparrows
Unknown Sparrow (or Finch? or Larkspur? Help!)

Montrose Point, April 5

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The House Sparrow above was at the tree the Y-b Sapsucker had been working on.  The other photo is the best one I could get of the little bird way up in a tree – I am not sure what kind it is.  Olive green on top, yellow throughout belly, there were breaks in the white rings around the eyes.

Conditions: 70°, windy, 3:00-4:00pm
Brown-headed Cowbird
Northern Flicker
Y-b Sapsucker
R-b Gulls
Horned Grebe
Mallards
Canadian Geese
Cardinals
Grackles
R-w Blackbirds
House Sparrows
Golden-crowned Kinglet (65% – high up in tree, quick to move)
B-c Chickadees
Robins