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4 minutes ago, Aveschapines said:

Agree. I wasn't sure if it's female or juvenile...

 

I always forget how to differentiate them. I now think this is a HY male, because of the black around the face and the strong yellow near the shoulder. 

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It's kinda ratty looking, but I don't think the black is just missing feathers, making this a juvenile male.

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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.

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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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