Today's mystery bird for you to identify

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 12:31 in Paleontology & Archaeology

I am always surprised by how often females and juveniles of this North American mystery bird species are mistaken for other, similar species -- can you identify this individual?Mystery Bird photographed at Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]Image: Louis Shackleton, 20 December 2010 [velociraptorize].Canon EOS 5D, EF 100-400L IS USM zoomI am always surprised by how often females and juveniles of this North American mystery bird species are mistaken for other, similar species -- can you identify this individual? And, because I like asking questions, can you tell me how this bird colours its plumage?Daily Mystery Bird Rules: 1. This is a game, not a testosterone-driven competition designed to crush one's fellow birders/twitchers into the muck of disappointment, despair and humiliation. It is meant to be a learning experience where together we can learn a few things about birds and about the...

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