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A new back yard visitor


I looked out the kitchen window recently and spotted this visitor at the back yard buffet. It was alone, and it hung around long enough for quite a few photo opps. If you know what it is, I would be glad for an ID. Size-wise, it is about the same as a large blue jay or just a little larger.

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Here are a few more poses I snapped as it moved from feeder to feeder:

I am sure I could find it in one of my bird books, but there hasn’t been enough time this sticky-hot and very busy week to do the research, so I am turning to my blog friends for help.

Thanks for visiting the back yard buffet today.

See you soon!
Trail Walker


I'm an enthusiastic amateur photographer and nature lover, inviting you to join me on my trail walks.

4 thoughts on “A new back yard visitor

  1. If this is the first of these birds you’ve seen, count yourself lucky. I believe it is a juvenile European Starling, an invasive species that competes with our native birds. They monopolize my feeders in the spring and summer. By the way, the last time I left a comment it apparently never got through to you. Has something changed? Do I need to get reauthorized?


    1. Nothing has changed, Roz. I don’t know why your comment didn’t get through. I have had a very busy summer and have struggled to keep up with my blog and a couple of online classes. Thanks for the bird ID. I have definitely had starlings but maybe the fact that it is a juvenile threw me off and the fact that it was a solitary bird instead of a flock of starlings.


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