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#1 Bill1969

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:08 AM

I took this shot today at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park in San Jose, CA.

http://bilalphotos.com/_MG_9948.JPG

Just want to confirm if it is Oak Titmouse the beak looks little bit big..

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:11 AM

Definitely not Oak Titmouse, which is pretty much all gray. Looks like American Goldfinch to me from this angle. Coming into breeding plumage, see the pinkish legs, orange bill, white undertail coverts and white wingbar
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:16 AM

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:32 AM

I kind of thought Lesser, but I also don't see the bill as orange. It looks pretty gray to me.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:38 AM

I kind of thought Lesser, but I also don't see the bill as orange. It looks pretty gray to me.


He changed the picture !!
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:42 AM

He changed the picture !!

Here's a link to the photo I was responding to Poor matty:
http://bilalphotos.com/_MG_9956.JPG

Found it in my search history
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

it looks like a lesser to me. I am responding to the picture that he changed.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:16 PM

I agree with Lesser Goldfinch on this photo
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:18 PM

After seeing the first photo, I thought it didn't look right for Lesser; underparts seemed too white. Well, a lovely female Lesser came and perched outside my window, allowing me a clear view of her underparts from a few inches away for an extended time, and she was definitely yellow all the way to the undertail coverts. I have Black-Backed Lessers here; don't know if that makes a difference. Neither photo looks like mine, due to the white/cream colored underparts. Does it vary this much? Wanting to learn more than challenging the experts!

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:30 PM

Helen, to be honest, something is a little off on the color in this photo. However female Lesser can appear pretty plain down below in my experience, especially between winter and summer. But would love to hear from others as well
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

Helen, to be honest, something is a little off on the color in this photo. However but female Lesser can appear pretty plain down below in my experience, especially between winter and summer. But would love to hear from others as well


Thank you Tom! I don't notice any difference in plumage on Lessers throughout the year; could it be because they don't migrate here? In any case, I appreciate your help.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:54 AM

One thing I don't see in American's is a strong greenish tint, and I am seeing that here. Also the bill is just more Lesserish to me. Americans have a smaller, cuter bill.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:02 AM

Here's the image linked above color-balanced and corrected:

http://cabirds.com/b...ced_MG_9956.jpg
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