Apologies that these pictures aren't the best, it is wary enough of humans that whenever it sees me in the window attempting to get its photo, it flies away. 

I will attempt to get better pictures if these aren't enough! I saw it eating insects off of the ground. It is bigger than a chickadee or finch, but somewhat smaller than a robin. It's chirping almost sounds like a laugh. 

Thanks for any help if anyone can offer & apologies if this is the wrong place for this!

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top pic on the left side of the bird almost looks like abit of color on the wingbar, so it might be a Redwing Blackbird

It looks like s European starling bird person. The yellow beak matches that of a breeding adult, overall shape and profile seem to match too. This bird will mimic many different birds and I have heard that "laugh" many times in my backyard this spring. Hope this solves your mystery bird.

Well I cropped them, lightened them, enlarged them ... best I could do. Could be a Red-wing as P&K suggested ... maybe a female. Could also maybe be a European Starling ... I think I see speckles on it in one image but stripes in the other ... hmmmmm?

the thing i thought was a wing bar is distortion, when i see it in this I'm with Andrew. Starling is the likely culprit

Thanks everyone! I am leaning toward the starling suggestion, since two people have suggested it as well as 'whatbird.com'! So it seems to be a common denominator.

This guy does seem to be a little less speckled, though. I have only noticed the spots to be on its wings.

the joy and frustration of birding....lol


Is it a staring?

I have quite a few black birds like that, but are smaller than a grackle.


UPDATE: I can now confirm 100% that this is a starling, actually, a whole family of them.

It also seems they have nested in my vent. I am hoping this will be their only set of babies. Once they are grown, then the vent can be repaired. From the ground, I can see that the vents for the two lower floors of my building clearly have some sort of bird guard, while my vent & my neighbours are both lacking one, so this may not even be the first year this couple used the vent as a nest. IDK, maybe ill advised to allow them to stay, but I just can't bear the thought of letting them die, so, yeah.

I obviously cannot see the babies, but during daylight I can see Momma & Papa bird bringing worms to the vent, and each time they are greeted by a loud chorus of babies screaming 'ME! ME! ME!' I look forward to seeing the tiny ones when they are finally old enough to fly, maybe a month from now? 

From what I have read about the species, they live in absolutely massive flocks, and I feel like I have just been seeing them everywhere now. Also, as you guys said, they are great little mimics and can even learn to mimic speech! Perhaps my vent dwellers will learn a choice word or two before moving out, lol!

Audio recording of the babies!


If I see one in my yard bad-mouthing me then I'll have a good idea where it came from. Happy to hear you have it all sorted out.

The yellow bill and spots on the under parts tell the whole story, definitely Starling.

Was the bird that you were having looking and sounding like those one?!?! I also found a nest with 3 babies but unfortunately one was found laying dead on our driveway the next morning and after havinf fix back up tje nest that have fallen down it seem like the parents have come back and were back on there job...but sadly today another one is missing from the nest...I wonder how you're story ended and wonder if I should do something to save the last baby or just let nature be and hope that the parents will be stronger then de predators....


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