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Birds, Point Reyes, CA (Part 2) (1 Viewer)

howiewu

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Hi, continuing with my previous thread, these were taken yesterday (June 16, 2013) at Point Reyes, California as well. My takes are:

1. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)?
2. Lesser Goldfinch?
3. Northern Harriers?

What do you think?
Thanks in advance,
Howard
 

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Agree on 2 and 3. 1 has too much streaking for a Junco, but I am not sure off the top of my head which sparrow it is

Niels
 
You live to learn. I cannot remember seeing a junco this streaked, and I did not have a book at hand. Are the wings shorter at this stage, or why does the tail look so long?

Niels
 
You live to learn. I cannot remember seeing a junco this streaked, and I did not have a book at hand. Are the wings shorter at this stage, or why does the tail look so long?

Niels

I saw plenty of juv Juncos in CA a couple of weeks ago that looked just like this.
 
Agree on 2 and 3. 1 has too much streaking for a Junco, but I am not sure off the top of my head which sparrow it is

Niels

Isn't #2 good ol' ordinary American Goldfinch (male, not yet in alternate plumage, but heading there)?

Note bill colour, back colour, broad white shoulder patch.
 
1. juvenile "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco
2. American Goldfinch (bill color, wing pattern don't look right for Lesser to me)
3. Northern Harriers
 
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