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Passerine ID in Anaheim, CA? (1 Viewer)

Proavis

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Hi all, I saw this little bird among a group of warblers, based on overall coloration I think it may be a bushtit. What do you all think?
 

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rkj

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I think Wrentit too, though this is a paler individual than I usually see. It should be easy to distinguish between Wrentit and Bushtit if you see them with a group of warblers; a Wrentit would be bigger than the warblers, a Bushtit smaller.
 

DarkFireFalcon

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This is a Bushtit. It's not chunky enough for Wrentit, the bill is too small, and they are unlikely to be foraging in the open with a group of warblers. Wrentits are also restricted to more natural shrubby areas, you generally won't see them in small parks or neighborhoods.
 

rkj

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This is a Bushtit. It's not chunky enough for Wrentit, the bill is too small, and they are unlikely to be foraging in the open with a group of warblers. Wrentits are also restricted to more natural shrubby areas, you generally won't see them in small parks or neighborhoods.

Maybe, but the bill seems too large for a Bushtit to me, Wrentits can find their way along brushy stream beds to suburban parks, and I have often seen them check out flocks of warblers and other birds as the flocks pass through their territories.
 

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