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Hi all, 

Taken today in CO. Both Eastern and Western are possible. For some reason I thought it looked like an Eastern in the field, but in the picture I believe you can see a bit of rufous on the back, which would indicate Western. Thanks!

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This bird seems to have an orange throat, which would indicate Eastern. The rufous in the back could be the eye tricking you. Easterns have rufous in the neck, so maybe that’s what you’re seeing.

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Yeah definitely a possibility. Thanks for the input! I slightly altered the image above to bring out the colors of the area in question. Any other thoughts?

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Ok thanks! So you think the apparent orange on the back is just wrapping around from the throat to the shoulder?

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I have not personally seen a Western Bluebird, but I've seen plenty of Easterns, and I can't see this as an Eastern.

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3 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I have not personally seen a Western Bluebird, but I've seen plenty of Easterns, and I can't see this as an Eastern.

Agreed. Doesn't really seem like Eastern 

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13 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I have not personally seen a Western Bluebird, but I've seen plenty of Easterns, and I can't see this as an Eastern.

 

13 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Agreed. Doesn't really seem like Eastern 

What do you see that you don't like?  I don't get an impression either way.

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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

What do you see that you don't like?  I don't get an impression either way.

I think it's the rufous on the back and the darker blue color (especially on the face).

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4 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I think it's the rufous on the back and the darker blue color (especially on the face).

Yes

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