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Birds from Yue Yang, Hunan Province, China, Nov. 21, 2019 (Part I)

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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 02:58   #1
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Birds from Yue Yang, Hunan Province, China, Nov. 21, 2019 (Part I)


I took these in Yue Yang, Hunan Province, China on Nov. 21, 2019, near the Yue Yang Pavilion.

Here are my thoughts:

1. apparently a woodpecker, but which one? (edit: is this a Rufous-bellied Woodpecker? If so, that's interesting, apparently it is not that common)
2. I think this is a juvenile Brambling
3. Oriental Greenfinch (a.k.a Grey-capped)?
4 & 5: pretty sure these are male and female Yellow-bellied Tits.

What do you think? Thanks in advance.

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I agree with all your IDs, except the Brambling wouldn't be a juvenile by now but 1st-winter, and I would think no.5 is a juvenile, without consulting references.

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I agree with all IDs.

The woodpecker is a nice record. It's presumably from the long-distance migrant population, which is quite difficult to see in southern China.

I'm not sure about how to age the female Yellow-bellied Tit. The yellow wash to the face and pale base to the bill might indicate a juvenile/first winter. But I think that a juv male should show at least some black on the head and/or grey on the mantle, so I think it's safe to say it's a female.
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