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Posts posted by Melierax

  1. The cowbird looks too blue. In the Nuthatch and the Painted Bunting, the blue coloration is overexaggerated. And unless your house is painted blue, it makes the wall look kinda blue as well. Also look at the rim of the plant pot - it should be black, but it's blue. Since the cowbird is normally a dark brown coloration it appears slightly blue. 

  2. Had a crazy CBC weekend a week ago! WWSC, I think the 4th or so for the county? 2nd for the CBC. GWFG, 1st for the CBC. YBLO!!! 2nd one in Idaho this year, first for the CBC and the county. Insane birds, all self found. (Oh, and a bonus CACG. I had 15 total on both CBCs)

    Ended with 61 species for each CBC. 



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  3. 3 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    It does not have the black breast shield showing through the red on the breast. A hybrid should show this. Otherwise, I think the facial pattern is within range for a pure Red-breasted, although it may have less extensive red than the average Red-breasted.

    Mmkay... The second and third photos are the ones that could show a black breast shield, and I'm not sure you can see quite enough to say there isn't some black there. I'm just looking at eBird photos of hybrids, and there are plenty that show clear hybrid facial patterns but minimal or blotchy black on the chest. It doesn't have to be a solid black band:



    I'm no expert, but I'm not sure that's enough to say it isn't a hybrid. 

    Here's a quote off of birds of the world: Dagetti is "Similar to S. r. ruber, but red on head and breast is somewhat duller and more orange, auriculars often with black, and white malar more prominent"

    From what I've read, dagetti don't really have white superciliums that often. Even in the photo you shared the comments suggested a possible hybrid. Again, I'm no expert, I'm learning myself here. 

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  4. 58 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    I disagree. Nothing about this bird seems inconsistent with a pure dagetti Red-breasted Sapsucker.


    Red-breasted Sapsuckers are pretty variable, they can have pretty limited red on the head. That does not necessarily mean it’s a hybrid.

    Why do you think it's not a hybrid? There are some dark areas in the breast, and I'm examining tons of photos of hybrids and they all look closer to this bird than a dagetti, most particularly with the extent of white in the supercilium. I'm not completely sure, but I'd like to better understand your reasoning.

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