Nancy spotted this white-throated mystery-bird.
I'm thinking Cowbird, in spite of the odd white throat and that we don't usually see them in winter. Youngster perhaps?

With House Sparrow for scale.

The seldom seen female Hairy (with Goldfinch for scale), and a House Finch doing a little dance.
Click thumbnail to see larger picture. Click larger picture to cycle through the shots.

The video on the left looks like munching to me. In the right video, he/she takes off.
This is my first page where I've tried to embed flash video (other than pasting a you-tube link).
Let me know if it doesn't work for you.

Photos and animation by Gareth Ridout 11/28/2009.

Programs used:

Easy GIF Animator, Paint Dot Net, and of course my favourite html/text editor Ultra Edit.
I used Free Video To Flash Converter to convert avi files from my camera to the flash videos above.

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