[CT Birds] Westport-First Year Female OREGON JUNCO

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 23:04:33 EDT 2015

Jory did a great job with this bird. First year female oregon juncos can be quite difficult and this bird is not the most distinctive of the bunch. It does show a complete hood, clear pinkish flanks and a rich brown back. 

Many of these characters can be shared by young female Slate-colored Juncos. I have seen many that were nearly identical to jory's bird. It is a complete set of characters that makes this ID possible. 

Jory did a great job studying all the field marks and getting a good selection of photos. 

This is not easy. 

Mark Szantyr

> On Mar 30, 2015, at 6:52 PM, Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 3/30/15-Westport-My house
> While doing a little yard birding after school, I noticed a odd looking
> Junco feeding alone along the side of my driveway.  As soon as I got on it
> with my bins, I immediately saw an apparent sooty colored hood, but
> abruptly ending around the neck, and contrasting with the rusty colored
> upper back and tan around the breast and sides.  I soon came to realize
> this was a very good candidate for an Oregon Junco.  After getting great
> looks at the bird, I started taking many pictures.  I was lucky enough to
> view this bird for 7-8 minutes and get many photos from different angles
> before it flew off.  After consulting with Tina Green and Mark Szantyr, we
> have come to the conclusion that this is indeed a first year female Oregon
> Junco.  I will post if this bird does make another appearance.
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