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Two Birds at my backyard in North Central Texas???

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Old Friday 4th February 2011, 04:59   #1
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Two Birds at my backyard in North Central Texas???

Due to having three or four inches of ice/snow covering the ground all over this part of the country this week, I currently have around 200 birds coming to my backyard feeders each day including several varieties I don't normally see. Today, I observed two birds that I don't think I've seen before. The first looks somewhat like an Orange-crowned Warbler, but lacks any yellow underneath that I would expect to see. The second bird is small, but it's coloring doesn't look like any of the Sparrows or Finches that I normally see.
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Old Friday 4th February 2011, 05:42   #2
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Hi Scrogdog,

Pine Warbler for #1; House Finch for #2.

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Old Friday 4th February 2011, 06:26   #3
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I'm with Jim.


Really cool to have Pine Warbler at the feeder!
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My first impression of image 2 was HF!...but on closer inspection the upper mandible appears downcurved and somewhat isolated from the lower!

Unsure of what appears to be going on in that area?..but one might be forgiven..If Crossbill was a contender?

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The more I look at this....I'm thinking Crossbill?
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Thanks for the comments. I have at least five other Pine Warblers that have been coming to feeders this week, but they have much brighter yellow color than this one (see photos). I considered it might be a female and the others males. On the other bird, I knew it's steaking and bill looked right for a House Finch, but it just seemed to be much smaller with a browner hue to its color than the others I see here every day this time of year.
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The more I look at this....I'm thinking Crossbill?
There's certainly something strange about the beak, lower mandible doesn't seem to be visible, any more pictures?
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The more I look at this....I'm thinking Crossbill?
Based on my guide, a Crossbill would be at least a 1,000 miles south of its Winter range. I think Jim is probably right on it being a female House Finch. It just looked smaller and browner than the others I see every day.
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Second bird is definitely a House Finch, though a bit dark. I think you are looking into the lower mandible (rather than profile) or it's partially obscured by a something in its mouth. Curved culmen is fine for House Finch. EBird has no reports of Crossbill for the entire state this year or last except a couple in the western panhandle.

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Thanks for the comments. I have at least five other Pine Warblers that have been coming to feeders this week, but they have much brighter yellow color than this one (see photos). I considered it might be a female and the others males. On the other bird, I knew it's steaking and bill looked right for a House Finch, but it just seemed to be much smaller with a browner hue to its color than the others I see here every day this time of year.
Pine Warblers are quite variable in the amount of yellow. Depends on age/sex, and there is also some individual variation.

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Old Friday 4th February 2011, 17:20   #10
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The Pine looks to be a 1st basic female, thought by some to be the drabest bird in north america......certainly the word colourless applies...
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