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either some kind of nuthatch or maybe a woodpecker?? (1 Viewer)

boydhouse

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In the East Bay Area East of SF California.

This guy comes to my upstairs window feeder and grabs a Sunflower seed.
Puts it petween his two feet, then pecks the heck out of it till it opens.

The House Finches will run him off. I guess they figure it's their feeder! LOL

He is about the same size as the house finches are.
Light tan on his back with a few streaks of black or grey.
Belly is light, almost white.
Has a "top notch" on his head.
Narrower beak then the house finches, but, a little longer.
Any ideas?

Boydhouse
 

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delia todd

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Hi Boydhouse and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators. The way he's eating that seed is typical tit/chickadee behaviour.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
 

connorco

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These are definitely Oak Titmouse, one of the most common feeder birds in the Bay Area. It can be difficult to judge size of a small birds without comparison to others.
 

boydhouse

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Only problem with Oak Titmouse is, the beak is too short on a Oak titmouse (from what I can tell).

This guy looks identical to a Juniper titmouse. Even the beak.
Problem is, they are not normally seen here in the Bay Area.
From the Sierra's and going East. But, I guess they can fly...right? LOL

Again, this bird is about the same size as a House Finch.

Boydhouse
 

BruceBerman

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In the East Bay Area East of SF California.

This guy comes to my upstairs window feeder and grabs a Sunflower seed.
Puts it petween his two feet, then pecks the heck out of it till it opens.

The House Finches will run him off. I guess they figure it's their feeder! LOL

He is about the same size as the house finches are.
Light tan on his back with a few streaks of black or grey.
Belly is light, almost white.
Has a "top notch" on his head.
Narrower beak then the house finches, but, a little longer.
Any ideas?

Boydhouse
I'm going with Oak Titmouse, too. They're so similar to Junipers that without hearing the call it would be quite difficult to differentiate, but you're correct that a Juniper would be out of its range. Both species are the same size. Here's a shot of an Oak Titmouse that I took this week in Cupertino, CA.
 

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