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Birds, Point Reyes, CA (1 Viewer)


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Hi, I took these pictures at Point Reyes, California yesterday (June 16, 2013).

My takes of these pictures are:

1. Cassin's Finch, female
2. Bushtit
3 & 4 -- Western Bluebird (3 is extremely fuzzy, but they were taken nearby)
5. White-crowned Sparrow (female)

What do you think?
Thanks in advance,


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1) Purple Finch (Cassin's is very rare on Pt Reyes and only in the winter)
2) Wrentit (pinkish tones below and long tail.
3) ?
4) Western Bluebird
5) juv White-crowned Sparrow (White-throated only in the winter and head pattern wrong)
Agree with Kratter. Re #3, I would say another bluebird (the shape is right & I can just make out a hint of blue).
Thank you all.

Andy: I think your diagnostics of 1 & 2 are very compelling. The whitish "eyebrow" in 2 throws me off a bit, but it does look like a Wrentit otherwise.
I haven't found book descriptions of Wrentit to be that great, but size is a very good way of separating Wrentit and Bushtit in the field. Bushtit is really tiny - its body (ignoring the long tail) is probably one of the smallest of any North American bird while Wrentit is quite a bit bigger. Their calls are distinctive too (and in Bushtit's case, incessant). Wrentit is hard to see if you aren't familiar with its call, and harder still to get a good photo of, so congratulations!
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