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A terribly confused and misguided Clark's Nutcracker?

Steve Antell

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jane Stein
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 10:40 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird

Mockingbird is a good guess, if this wasn't too far north.

Surely not a Gos, since they're a big, chunky bird, are either 
dark slate gray (adult) or mottled brown and buff on the back 
(immature), with long tails that have broad bands and no white 
retrices.

Jane
Shoreham

Peter Manship wrote:
> Could also be a Northern Mockingbird which has the white outside tail 
> feathers, is generally grayish in color, is smaller in size but flying 
> could look pileated size at a distance.
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> Peter Manship
> Ludlow Vt
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Crowley" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 8:14 AM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
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>> How about a Northern Goshawk?
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>> Bob Crowley
>> Chatham, NH
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>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Justin Woods" 
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>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 7:18 AM
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
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>>
>> Hey all--
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>> I have a mystery bird, but very few details, maybe not enough to go on...
>>
>> A couple of mornings ago, a large bird swooped over my car and into a
>> neighbor's yard -- my first thought was raptor.  By large, I mean
>> Pileated-sized.  It flew low over the yard, glided, pumped its wings a
>> couple of times, and headed back into the trees, much higher.
>>
>> The thing was all gray on the back, and all I could see were distinctly
>> white tail (coverts?) feathers on the outside of the tail, which was
>> otherwise the same color as its back.  The colors were clearly 
>> delineated. It reminded me of junco coloring.
>>
>> Gos?  Any other guesses?  The mystery is bugging me...
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> --justin 
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