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Old Friday 6th August 2010, 04:14   #1
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Bird ID, Minnesota, USA

The below photographs were taken on 26 July at Frontenac State Park, Minnesota which is located on the Mississippe River.

I really have no clue on this one. The long tail and Bunting/Finch type beak have me searching with no luck.
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Old Friday 6th August 2010, 04:22   #2
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It could be a Juvenile Blue Grosbeak but as per the range map in Sibley that would be very unusual for Minnesota and the beak does not look big enough to me for a Grosbeak.
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Could it be a Female Indigo Bunting??
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Could it be a Female Indigo Bunting??
Tail too long, bill too small for Indigo Bunting. Blue Grosbeak still looks good to me. But we obviously need some new eyes on this at this stage.
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Old Friday 6th August 2010, 07:25   #6
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Juvenile Eastern Towhee?
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Juvenile Eastern Towhee?
Now there's a thought! It certainly has the requisite long & lanky look, but I'm still bothered by the bill which seems too heavy for a towhee

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juv Eastern Towhee.Notice the red-brown iris and the dark brest/gorget feathering coming through.The bill looks ok for Towhee.
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Juv. Eastern Towhee was my first impression. Notice also the white marking on the primaries just visible in the first photo. Tail also too long for Blue Grosbeak.

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Juvenile Eastern Towhee, with white on the wing and a long tail.
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Put me down for young Eastern Towhee, as well.
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Thank you everyone. Sibley's does not show Juvenile Eastern Towhees so I missed that option. Also, there were adult Eastern Towhees in the area. No Grosbeaks or Indigo Buntings.
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Than you everyone. Sibley's does not show Juvenile Eastern Towhees so I missed that option. Also, there were adult Eastern Towhees in the area. No Grosbeaks or Indigo Buntings.
The big Sibley and the western Sibley both illustrate a juvenile Spotted Towhee, which is almost identical to the juvenile Eastern Towhee. It is worth getting the big Sibley as there are some plumages (gulls come to mind) that are not illustrated in either of the smaller, regional editions.
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