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I was visiting Colorado earlier this week, and I need help with some IDs. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!

1. In this one, I'm wondering about the bird to the left, not the fem bluebird.

 

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2. Is there an expert who can guess the flycatcher? He just wouldn't sing for me. 😞

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3. I know these last three were very distant and hard to photograph.  But if you could help me figure them out, I'd love to add to my western bird list! 

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4. 

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5. 

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1. Looks like a juvenile Western Bluebird

2. Wood-Pewee, Western by range

3. Say's Phoebe, I think

4. Sparrow sp.

5. House Finch, I think

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1: Western Bluebirds

2: Western Wood-pewee

3: Looks like a Say's Phoebe

4: Sparrow, maybe Cassin's?

5: House Finch

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I think four looks like a Song Sparrow. Cassin's would be "Skylarking" this time of year, that is launching upward and singing, then landing on the ground. Did you notice that behavior? I could also see five as an interior west Fox Sparrow, if I'm seeing the yellow lower mandible and dorsal color shading correctly.

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7 minutes ago, Sean C said:

4: Sparrow, maybe Cassin's?

Thank you SO MUCH for your help!  I looked up the Cassin's Sparrow and read that they like wide-open grasslands.  I suppose it would help if I mentioned that I was near Monument, Colorado.  Would that make a different sparrow more likely?

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4 minutes ago, leetriplej said:

Thank you SO MUCH for your help!  I looked up the Cassin's Sparrow and read that they like wide-open grasslands.  I suppose it would help if I mentioned that I was near Monument, Colorado.  Would that make a different sparrow more likely?

Cassin's almost always stay hidden on the ground except when displaying the behavior I mentioned. I'm sure if it was a Cassin's you'd have seen that behavior.

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3 minutes ago, Creeker said:

Cassin's almost always stay hidden on the ground except when displaying the behavior I mentioned. I'm sure if it was a Cassin's you'd have seen that behavior.

Could be the lighting that's throwing me off

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1 minute ago, The Bird Nuts said:

The sparrow looks more like a Savannah or Vesper Sparrow to me.

I could be onboard with one of those.

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3 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

The sparrow looks more like a Savannah or Vesper Sparrow to me.

With the face pattern it could be a VESP

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2 minutes ago, Sean C said:

Could be the lighting that's throwing me off

They're a hard one to ID. Luckily the two times I've seen them they've been doing the skylark thing.

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17 minutes ago, Creeker said:

I think four looks like a Song Sparrow. Cassin's would be "Skylarking" this time of year, that is launching upward and singing, then landing on the ground. Did you notice that behavior? I could also see five as an interior west Fox Sparrow, if I'm seeing the yellow lower mandible and dorsal color shading correctly.

I have a bunch of equally blurry photos, and I'm looking through them to see if any help.  I think this one show that the lower mandible is definitely paler than the upper.

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So, I'm a dork and have been confusing 4 & 5.  🙄  The extra picture I posted was actually of bird #5.  I'm so sorry for the confusion.

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25 minutes ago, leetriplej said:

So, I'm a dork and have been confusing 4 & 5.  🙄  The extra picture I posted was actually of bird #5.  I'm so sorry for the confusion.

I think we could figure that out. Anyone else that's seen western Fox Sparrows think 5 could be one, or is it just me?

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My best pic of a western Fox Sparrow for comparison.......

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I don’t see one feature not perfect for House Finch. It’s far too light for a Fox Sparrow in my opinion. It looks like a pretty textbook House Finch to me.

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