Wayne R. Petersen
This month's mystery bird should be a straightforward identification for anyone familiar with the species, even though the bird is not common in Massachusetts. Arguably the most prominent features of the mystery bird are its conspicuous white eye ring, tiny bill (for the size of the bird), relatively long tail, and uniform gray color. A careful look, especially at the online version in color, further gives a hint at some buffy markings on the folded wings.
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