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Originally posted by Stari
The first image I posted of this bird shows that it has a mask looking face. Is there any species out there that has a mask looking face?
Originally posted by Voidmaster
Perhaps a new species?
Originally posted by SkyWay
I think the reason the bird has a mask looking face is because its plumage has not fully developed yet. That is also indicated by the yellowish fuzzy down on top of its head.
Originally posted by CaptainLazy
I posted your pictures on a bird identification forum and the general consensus seems to be that this bird is a young European Starling.
Originally posted by interestedalways
Really, you all think that bird looks like the starlings in the external link photo? I don't even think it is similar. The bird in question has a square face and the starling has a pointy face. Maybe we could keep looking at other bird pics and find one that fits a bit more.
The first starling sighted in Ohio was in 1916. Their numbers exploded in the early 1920s until they could be found in all eighty-eight counties. By the end of the decade, flocks of 1,000 - 5,000 birds were commonly seen in the fall. At Buckeye Lake in the 1930s, a flock of over 100,000 was seen. Starlings are now permanent residents in the state, with large flocks of them being seen throughout the year. Ohio has the largest breeding population of starlings in North America.