[CT Birds] Possible Pink-sided
birddog55 at charter.net
Sat Nov 17 19:25:37 EST 2012
Adding a bit more, i have seen the dark lore and paler throat on several types of junco including oregon type, suspected oregon type, and suspected "Cassiar" type. The really broad and very rich flanks ( so broad as to almost meet in the middle in some birds) and the really bluish- gray hood with a very contrasting black, not blackish lore look distinctly different than this. Again i am couching my response in the caveat that, mostly, junco subspecies indentification is best left to geneticists in the lab if the birds are not in their breeding locations... Wintering birds are a crap shoot.
On Nov 17, 2012, at 7:03 PM, Mark Szantyr <birdinggeek at gmail.com> wrote:
> This bird looks like an "Oregon"type junco but not Pink-sided to me. Pink-sided has broader and richer russet flanks that appear different than this bird shows, a different character to the gray hood appearing a cooler almost blue gray, and a richer russet brown back. These things are tough and age and sex makes it even tougher... But I believe it is an Oregon junco and not mearnsii. Cool bird though and i want to see it.
> On Nov 17, 2012, at 6:39 PM, streatham2003 at aol.com wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Appreciate any comments either way on the bird - definitely a tough ID - the best picture we have is up on the blog: http://underclearskies.com/2012/11/17/possible-pink-sided-junco/ Thanks to Bob Rocco for passing on the snap I hope to have more later.
>> Luke Tiller, Greenwich
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