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#1 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:58 PM

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Easy answer is Carolina Chickadee but this one is contrastier and with much more buff on its sides then the Carolinas I normally see around here. That being said, this was taken in Baltimore County, Maryland 8.23.12. And am I seeing a band on this guys leg?


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:01 AM

You really wouldn't se a black-capped around here this time of year, so I'd say Carolina. It does have a lot of white on the wing, but I'd still say Carolina.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:01 AM

Yes, you are seing a band on its leg. I am not sure what the band is for, I dont think it make sense for it to be tagged. It seems to be a Black Capped Chickadee, which are very common in my area.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:09 AM

Black-capped are only in the Baltimore area in the winter, and even then, they are few.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:23 AM

The tag is for research purposes. If you can get a clear shot of the code on the band, you can get a definite ID.

However, I too agree with Carolina for the reasons already stated by ^those folks.

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#6 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:26 AM

Ok, I knew a Black-capped didn't belong here but it sure looks like one to me. Thought I'd call in for some experience before reporting it to eBird and adding to my life list...

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:42 AM

I don't think there is enough here to call it a Black-Capped. I'd expect to see more of the distinct "hockey stick" wing pattern. A shot of the throat would help clinch it though. As stated, it would be quite the rare find for Baltimore.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:50 AM

Well, just for my own piece of mind I will post the best shot I have of his throat. Unfortunately it was one of the frames where my flash was recycling. I only got 5 frames of this guy total...


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I am at peace with it being a Carolina, but would love it to be more!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:30 PM

I agree, Carolina. The white in the wing is often misunderstood -- what you're looking for is white on the secondary coverts. The secondaries themselves will often have white on the edges in Carolinas, especially when the plumage is fresh.




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