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1 hour ago, huntdani said:

Thanks for the quick responses.  Lesser Goldfinches don't usually winter this far north (southern Idaho) so I didn't trust my eyes. 

Welcome to Whatbird, huntdani.

eBird shows a lot of sites in southern Idaho with Lesser Goldfinch in winter, and even this month so far. So it looks like they are regular (though not necessarily common) in southern Idaho at this time of year?

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Thanks for checking eBird.  I was going by the range map at All About Birds and didn't think of it.   

I'll have a look at Bannock County on eBird to see if anyone else has spotted them nearby.  They come to the feeders occasionally in the summer but I don't recall ever having seen them in the winter. 



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10 minutes ago, huntdani said:

I think I've got a good handle on the adult male Lesser Goldfinches, but still I'm still hazy with females / immatures. 

Are all of these Lesser?

Thanks again.



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Welcome to Whatbird! 

Yes, these are Lesser as well! 

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3 minutes ago, Kevin said:

@huntdani, I was checking out your eBird photos and you have some great birds for your yard! Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Common Redpoll, Cassin's Finch, Clark's Nutcracker... birds a southerner like me dreams of seeing. 

Oh yeah, Pinion Jays to.....

This is what comes of feeding birds in the same spot for 24 years.  On cross-country skis a couple of miles from here we spotted a Golden Eagle hanging out on a power pole.  But you still have more species.  Here I only have to pay attention to a couple of warblers. 

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