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5 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (left and right) and Purple Finch (middle).

 

I have always had a hard time distinguishing these two apart when I only get a quick glimpse of them. I'm often second guessing myself about the size of the bird and waffling back and forth on whether it was actually big enough for a grosbeak or small enough to be a finch. When we just get a quick glimpse, my sweetie will often hear me say, "That was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak...I think." Then she has listen to me explain how hard it can be to judge size and my disclaimer that it might have actually been a female Purple Finch. :classic_laugh:

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I had this one posted on the old site before the crash. Thought I'd put it here since I'm sure a lot of people have trouble with these two, and it's very rare to see them together. This is a once-in-a-lifetime shot!!! Hope it helps distinguish them for y'all who have been having trouble when you see one or the other and can't decide which it is.

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Female wigeons. Eurasian Wigeon left (warm brown tones and shape of head, dark greater coverts with white fringing, less distinct scapular and mantle patterning); American Wigeon right (cold gray-brown head, black border around base of bill, gray inner secondary).

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Here's an eagle shot - young Bald on left, 2 Goldens right.

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@AlexHenry, thanks for the comparison shot of the wigeons. However, when I first looked at the Eurasian, it struck me as a male, due to the rich rufous head, contrasting gray breast, peach-colored forehead, and grayish flanks. I think that male Eurasians are more easy to identify due their rich-colored head, more so than females.

Just my thoughts.

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9 hours ago, akandula said:

@AlexHenry, thanks for the comparison shot of the wigeons. However, when I first looked at the Eurasian, it struck me as a male, due to the rich rufous head, contrasting gray breast, peach-colored forehead, and grayish flanks. I think that male Eurasians are more easy to identify due their rich-colored head, more so than females.

Just my thoughts.

Thanks - good to know. So would that be a first winter male?

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