Mystery Bird

Can any of you birders out there help with identifying this bird?
She  (I’m assuming it’s a she) was perched near the feeders today but I didn’t see her eating. She’s really pretty with those black wing patches and dark bill. She’s about the size of a female cowbird, which was what I thought she was at first.

Addendum
Thanks for all the input. “She” is a “he” – a juvenile male Brown-headed Cowbird molting into adult plumage. Those very distinct wing patches certainly had me stumped.

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Tiny, But Fierce

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Got One!

This triumphant young Carolina Chickadee has learned how to get sunflower seeds from the feeder.

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But he turned his backside to me as he tackled the tough job of cracking one open.

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Brown-headed Cowbirds

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Male Brown-headed Cowbird

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Female Brown-headed Cowbird

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Chasing the Blues Away

I’m so thrilled! I have waited for years to see these birds again.
Now, there’s a pair of these beautiful, sleek Cedar Waxwings! They must have a nest nearby, as they keep chasing the Blue Jays away.

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Hang On!

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A Pleasant Surprise

The only time I saw Cedar Waxwings here was about five years ago when a small flock passed through, making quick work of the berries in a neighbor’s yard.
Yesterday, as I was watching a group of young Blue Jays, I saw this quiet, lone bird perched on another branch. The day was pretty windy and it was hard to focus through the foliage, but I did manage to get a fairly decent shot this time.

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Female Cardinal

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Female House Sparrow

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Oh, Baby!

Baby Blue Jay

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