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#1 Boilerjoanne

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:15 PM

OK, any luck with this one? SE Michigan, January 2012


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You guys have done SUCH a great job with difficult photos, I thought I would try with mine ;)
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:16 PM

Hmmm.... the shape and behavior look good for Northern Shrike, and I think I see a white spot on the wing, but I don't think I can say for sure.

#3 Boilerjoanne

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:20 PM

I *think* there is a reddish cast to the breast and possibly head... would that help?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

That would suggest Pine Grosbeak instead.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:24 PM

I zoomed in on Flickr. This looks like a House Finch (red wash on the head and upper breast, streaking on the flanks). If you lighten up the photo, it'll probably be much clearer.

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#6 Phoenix Bird

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

I thought of House Finch as well

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:39 PM

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I think it's a pine grosbeak.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

Wow, that lightened version is something! It's a House Finch.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:49 PM

pine grosbeak
house finch
purple finch
all found in white rock

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:51 PM

Based on the lightened picture, it's definitely a House Finch.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

Taken in SE Michigan. That brown streaking alone eliminates Purple and Pine.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

Oops -- I saw that the poster is in BC, missed that the pic was taken in Michigan.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:57 PM

Oops -- I saw that the poster is in BC, missed that the pic was taken in Michigan.


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:26 PM

Looks like a Song Sparrow to me..... but hard to tell.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:27 PM

Looks like a Song Sparrow to me..... but hard to tell.


Did you see Matt Dash's lightened version? It's pink...

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:53 PM

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house or purple, I can't tell from this pic.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:54 AM

Wow, you guys are amazing! Thanks for the help lightening the image, Matt. It's like a group of avian detectives her :)

We moved to BC from Michigan last summer. I am slowly but surely finding the bird photos I had taken in MI and having them identified. Plus I M learning the western birds :)

Thanks again!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:07 AM

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I think it's a pine grosbeak.

that's what i thought but beak looed a little smallish

#19 TheBillyPilgrim

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:16 AM

It's got streaked flanks, so I don't see how it could be anything but House Finch.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:08 AM

yep, male house finch




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