Feb 07 2014

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Moonbird

In keeping with our Moon Art Madness from a bit ago, here’s a bird with the moon. It was singing lovely songs along North Creek, just as if it were serenading the moon. Wonderful.

It’s not the greatest set of photos I’ve ever taken, but pretty, and knowing you lot, you’ll even manage to identify the bird!



See it there? It’s that dark blob sort of to the right. Here, here’s a closer image:



No, I know, they’re hopeless. There’s barely a bird there. For all that tree hasn’t got leaves on, it’s still damned good at hiding in it. But fear not! I shot video, and you’ll get a better look at the bugger.

Hopefully, its evening song was of assistance. And we’ve got a still from the video we can work with.



All right? I have confidence in you, my darlings. Go forth and identify!


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    Yup, starling. It’s the tail. (So, starbird, not moonbird. ;) )

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    Great American Satan

    You know, the weird thing is that Anna’s hummingbirds are very similar in body shape at that distance – except for the bill and obviously the size – and they have a very similar call! They sound like quiet starlings that don’t make any “fully formed” sounds – just stick with the grinds and pops.

    So without knowing the scale of the plant it was on and without seeing the beak in profile there, I wouldn’t have been so sure. Starling all the way.

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    Great American Satan

    By the way, I really was hoping for a night bird. There’s these nightbirds in the Puget Sound region I just can’t identify. I’m pretty sure they aren’t kildeer and aren’t nightjars of any kind. They’re light underneath, dark on top, smallish, and sometimes travel in large groups. And I only ever hear their call at or well after dusk, sometimes after midnight. It’s a generic kee kee, kee kee sort of thing.

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    Lithified Detritus

    Starling was my first thought, as well.

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    Starling indeed! I’m surprised there was only one.

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    Yup. The short tail is a dead giveaway. Need I mention it’s another pesky exotic?

    1. 7.1

      Ah, but it’s a European import – just like all those pilgrims! :)

      1. Trebuchet

        I’m one of those myself, now that you mention it. And a much more destructive species at that.

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