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#1 Pat B.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:55 AM

Just looking for ideas: I THOUGHT I saw today a smallish brown bird, maybe about the size of a sparrow. It was quite plain and smooth and not streaked at all. It had a yellow throat. It was on the side of a bird refuge road near some reeds. I will say that the reeds were full of Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and at first I thought it might be a female or juvie YHBL, but it didn't look right: too small and the yellow, which really seemed like a large spot, was too bright (the male YHBL is very bright, but not the others). Anyway, any ideas?

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:06 AM

Maybe a female Common Yellowthroat.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:58 AM

That's what it sounds like!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:53 PM

Thanks to both of you. I had looked at those in the field guide I had with me & it didn't look right, but I've looked at all my guides and think that maybe that's it. Sibley's Western has a good likeness, except I didn't notice yellow undertail. I'll have to see if I see it again.

EDIT: my husband saw the yellow undertail, so that clinches it! (Two old sets of eyes are better than one.) Lifer for him; Utah lifer for me.

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