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Black-throated sparrow or hairy woodpecker? - California, Bay Area (1 Viewer)

LucaPCP

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This morning, on the Santa Cruz mountains (close to skyline boulevard) I saw this bird. I apologize for the bad quality of the picture, it's all I could get before it flew away.

As you can see, the color pattern on the head recalls a Mountain Chickadee, but Mountain Chickadee it is not. Some hypotheses:

- Black-throated Sparrow. It would be a juvenile. The beak seems a bit long, but it's a decent match for the wing patterns.

- Hairy woodpecker. But I cannot identify the white patch on the back. The beak seems to be a good match, and so does the yellowish tuft on the beak.
But the wing pattern also does not seem to be a perfect match.

Do you have any suggestions?

Much appreciated!
 

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LucaPCP

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Ah! You are absolutely right. Now I see that it's a perfect match. I am very very grateful; I had seen a few of those, and I was completely at a loss.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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