|(fat, complacent) Eastern Grey Squirrel!|
I wish it wasn't so. I search out and spend hours on sites featuring recorded songs, rows of photos, silhouettes and habitat maps just to be able to say with confidence "that is a juvenile female Flibberty Gib. They are migratory, generally traveling in mated pairs".
As it typically turns out, whatever I've taken a photograph of doesn't look exactly like anything on the sites. I'll think I've narrowed the process down to a positive ID only to realize my bird in the photo doesn't have the "characteristic identifying" patch of color for this, or the "distinctive tail shape" for that.
Maybe "my" bird has been visiting the feeder all by its lonesome when the text about the species I think it might be clearly states "these birds travel in large numbers often overwhelming feeder sites".
Case in point? This adorable little gal (because I decided she was a she, that's why!), who I've seen off and on the past few days. I finally snagged a couple of shots from waaaay far away.
If you know, feel free to weigh in below in the comments section. At the moment I'm leaning towards saying she is a Garbo Finch, (Finchus mysteriosus), noted for their tendency to shun paparazzi and travel sans entourage. Anybody else want to weigh in?