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astroalex

Rose Breasted Grosbeak? Towhee??

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Good evening!

Back in mid October (October 14, around 1:30 pm to be exact), while I was in a rush to get to art class, I saw this bird. I apologize for the heckin horrible quality, like I said, I was in a rush. I was in south Philly in the parking lot at the Fleischer Art Memorial where I saw it. My first thought was Rose Breasted Grosbeak, but it's kind of late for them here, let alone the weird location. Any ideas?? 

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Can't really say from that photo. Quite certain it is not a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Could be a Towhee (more likely in that setting) or even a Junco although the tail looks too long.

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Yeah, I figured towhee would be a better guess, but even that's weird for a towhee. And the thing is with towhees, they rarely are out so clear in the open like that. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a junco though. It's also kind of late for both the grosbeak and towhee. 

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With the help of a discord chat and an editor, it definitely seems to be a towhee

my question is what the heck did it think it was doing in a parking lot in Philadelphia lol

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40 minutes ago, astroalex said:

my question is what the heck did it think it was doing in a parking lot in Philadelphia lol

Passing through. Migrants show up in odd places.  Looks like some weeds on that fence, and that could mean seeds below them on pavement which would be easy for this or any bird to find.

Glad you figured it out. Definitely more obvious in that latest photo so, for future reference, maybe start posting with the closest cropped views you can do before the image turns too blurry to see anything.  

 

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11 hours ago, douginBC said:

Passing through. Migrants show up in odd places.  Looks like some weeds on that fence, and that could mean seeds below them on pavement which would be easy for this or any bird to find.

Glad you figured it out. Definitely more obvious in that latest photo so, for future reference, maybe start posting with the closest cropped views you can do before the image turns too blurry to see anything.  

 

Ah, I suppose so. It's just odd for them to not be hanging out in, say, the tons of bushes on the other side of the parking lot. Also, the way we got that picture was by messing with saturation and brightness as well as cropping haha 

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8 hours ago, astroalex said:

Ah, I suppose so. It's just odd for them to not be hanging out in, say, the tons of bushes on the other side of the parking lot. Also, the way we got that picture was by messing with saturation and brightness as well as cropping haha 

Right on. The thing about digital images is that the initial photo is just the starting point. It is quite amazing what you can see when you crank up (or down) the color, brightness and contrast so they're a great tool for ID confirmation, or not.

Chances are that that bird was in those other bushes before or after you saw it.

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