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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch? - Mountain Washington State - USA

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Old Tuesday 10th July 2012, 09:18   #1
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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch? - Mountain Washington State - USA

I found this bird at about 5,500 feet elevation in the North Cascade Mountains (Mt Shuksan). It was perched on a tree right next to a small cliff face. It did not make any calls that I heard.

Unfortunatly I had very little focal length to take the picture. This was a 105mm lens on a full frame.

I'm wondering if this is a Gray-crowned Rosy-finch?

Are there any other possibilities?

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yes, it is a gray-crowned rosy finch.
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Never seen one but from looking at photos on the internet it fits very well. Unsure of any confusion species so probably better to wait for confirmation from others with more experience.
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Yep, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch. They're not uncommon winter visitors in Nevada but I seldom see them.
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Thanks everyone for the confirmation.

Late in the day when the sun was not hitting the snow ice worms came to the surface. I saw a couple birds about the same size as the pictured Gray-crowned Rosy-finch flying around and briefly landing on the snow. I suspect they were eating those worms.

Does anyone know if that would likely also be Gray-crowned Rosy-finches?
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Late in the day when the sun was not hitting the snow ice worms came to the surface. I saw a couple birds about the same size as the pictured Gray-crowned Rosy-finch flying around and briefly landing on the snow. I suspect they were eating those worms.

Does anyone know if that would likely also be Gray-crowned Rosy-finches?
Could be. Here's what BNA-online has to say on the subject--

"Often forages along edge of receding snow on cutworms (Noctuidae) and germinating seeds. . .".
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