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!
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
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.