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8 minutes ago, RobinHood said:

Is the second one OK for a !st winter Blackpoll or is the breast streaking not definitive enough?

I was thinking blackpoll too, but I couldn’t figure out why. I got enough practice this fall to get most of the fall bay-breasted/blackpoll I saw without looking at the feet. I think it’s because the top wing bar isn’t prominent, the slightly smaller bill, and the light streaks. 

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6 hours ago, Avery said:

I was thinking blackpoll too, but I couldn’t figure out why. I got enough practice this fall to get most of the fall bay-breasted/blackpoll I saw without looking at the feet. I think it’s because the top wing bar isn’t prominent, the slightly smaller bill, and the light streaks. 

And the bill is finer, the eyeline more pronounced

Blackpoll

Bay-breasted

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