Photo taken: August 23, 2014
When I relocated my former neighbors’ birdbath to my backyard, I did so with the intent of giving my squirrels a place to play and maybe get a drink when it rains. I didn’t intend for it to be used by….. you know….. birds. 90% of the birds I see in my yard are common black starlings, with most of the remaining 10% being some form of cardinals, blue jays or orioles (None of which are the baseball teams). That made this bird stand out like a sore thumb… what is this winged monster? I offered that up to my readers when I first posted this photo, and the guesses ranged from some type of owl to maybe a hawkish kind of critter. It never was positively identified… so if you pride yourself on being an ornithologist, feel free to step up and tell me what this big grey creature is! He is kinda cute, even if I’m sure he’s gobble up my squirrels and spit them out in one of those fuzzy, bone-filled pellets….