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.
Conditions: 72°, clear, no wind, 3:30-5:20pm
Northern Flicker (3 at least)
Brown Thrasher (2 at least)
Horned Grebe (5+)
American Coot (10+)
Purple Martins (?)
Unknown Sparrow (or Finch? or Larkspur? Help!)