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1 minute ago, Melierax said:

Looks like an Oregon - I believe first year birds have the brown nape and cap. Just to clarify, Dark-eyed Junco is the species, Oregon is one of the subspecies. 

I thought so, but as I have never seen an Oregon Junco, I didn’t want to say something that would make it look like I didn’t know what I was talking about.

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41 minutes ago, Melierax said:

Looks like an Oregon - I believe first year birds have the brown nape and cap. Just to clarify, Dark-eyed Junco is the species, Oregon is one of the subspecies. 

Oregon Dark-eyed Junco actually refers to the Oreganus group of Dark-eyed Juncos. It is not, as is commonly referred to, the subspecies. Within the Oregon group there are eight subspecies, but they can be very difficult to identify and the differences slight. So, most people just leave it at the "Oregon group" level.

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