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  1. Correct to leave as Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's. There are subtle differences that are very hard to distinguish in the field... even when in hand there is overlap in measurements and we have to leave as Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's... so, I question all IDs without a vocalization. Also 4 is definite Veery.


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  2. 4 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

    I don't think it's a juvenile since the black adult feathers are coming in on the face.  I think it's a second year male.

    Yes most definitely a second year male.

    4 hours ago, Benjamin said:

    @The Bird Nuts I was under the impression that HY could show black on the face during the spring, but apparently not https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/EN_36-3_143-146.pdf

    This appears to be a SY bird. Thanks for the correction.

    In the fall of their HY, very few males show the start of some black spotting, but they are usually much more orange than the yellow of the females... but even that is not always the case..

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