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Both taken today a few miles north of Sacramento.

This one was in a bush over a creek quite a ways off the road. There were several House Finches in the same bush, but this one was sitting separate from them.

25932104358_c8f7c99d9e_z.jpgIMG_0828-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr

This one looks so familiar but I can't pin it down. If I were back East and not in Calif. I would think Eastern Phoebe!

28026047349_49273d3435_z.jpgIMG_0839-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr

25932105138_2b2e5536e1_z.jpgIMG_0837-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr

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Pass on the first one but the second looks Bluebird to me.

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4 minutes ago, BigOly said:

Pass on the first one but the second looks Bluebird to me.

I think you're right, BigOly!! Looking close, I can see the blue in the tail and maybe on the under-body. No wonder it looked so familiar to me!!! (DUH!!) :rolleyes:

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12 minutes ago, IvoryBillHope said:

First thought on #1 was House Finch. 

You're probably right. As I said above, it was in a bush where there was a small flock of House Finches but was separate from them. Looking at the photo it didn't seem to have the streaking on its back and sides that I would expect for a House Finch, but given the angle and poor quality of the photo it's possible that's what it is.

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30 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

2 is a Mountain (<-?) Bluebird

I would say it is a Western Bluebird, due to the dark auriculars. However, the dark bill seems to fit Mountain Bluebird better, and my Sibley's shows that either species is to be expected here in the valley during the winter. I'm really not familiar enough with the species to say 100%, though. Maybe someone who knows them better can say for sure which it is.

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The white undertail coverts contrasting with the gray flanks suggest Mountain Bluebird. A shot from the side giving a better view of the primary length would help.

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