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Old 02-01-2014, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I have a friend in Shreveport, LA who posted this on Facebook today.

"I'm no slouch when it comes to identifying wild birds BUT I saw two together this afternoon that have me shaking my head. It's quite warm today and I was working on the patio when these two tiny birds perched approximately 8 ft. from me and stayed for maybe five minutes.

They were identical in size to a chickadee, very small, very quick but not as animated as a chickadee. They were solid charcoal gray EXCEPT each one had a perfectly round bright red circle of feathers on top of its head. They were extremely handsome little birds and they also made a sound I did not recognize."

Closest anyone has come is a Redpoll, but the description doesn't really match.

Ideas??
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:09 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Picture would help!
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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I can't think of any North American bird that precisely matches that description, but Common Redpoll comes close. People sometimes describe colors differently...or the lighting conditions may make birds appear a different shade. When feathers are wet they may seem to be darker, too. So a "charcoal gray" to one person may be more brownish to someone else or under different conditions. It's hard to say.

Other small birds with a reddish cap might include American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow or even a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. That's pretty south for an American Tree Sparrow or Common Redpoll, but it's certainly possible this winter. Heck, there was even a Snowy Owl reported in Florida!

EDIT: My guess would be that it was most likely a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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Old 02-02-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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We have decided it must have been a pair of Ruby Crowned Kinglets, judging by my friend's description.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:39 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Ruby crown kinglets could winter in LA. See map of their range at: Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Here's the other bird mentioned: Redpoll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: CO
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Yes, Ruby-crowned kinglet. Louisiana is in their winter range. Good sighting!
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