[CT Birds] Possible Pink-sided

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Sat Nov 17 19:35:37 EST 2012


And as a scary addendum, some might have a hard time separating this from ehat "Cassiar" Junco, a Slate-colored form, might look like, at least from this photo...i am sticking  with Oregon-type Junco until a blood test proves me wrong...........who knows!

Mark 

On Nov 17, 2012, at 7:25 PM, Mark Szantyr <birddog55 at charter.net> wrote:

> 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.
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> Mark 
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> On Nov 17, 2012, at 7:03 PM, Mark Szantyr <birdinggeek at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> 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.
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>> Mark 
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>> On Nov 17, 2012, at 6:39 PM, streatham2003 at aol.com wrote:
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>>> Hi All,
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>>> 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.
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>>> Luke Tiller, Greenwich
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