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Mindy Smith

Little blue and white bird in central costal California

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Was going through some unknown photos and took this one when walking along a path above the ocean in central costal CA in February last year. The only bird that is close in size and color without wing bars that I know is a blue-gray gnatcatcher but the colors don't seem right. Suggestions appreciated.

unknown CA Feb 2019.JPG

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School me please.  It looks blue to me and the Common Yellowthroats around here are not blue.  What identifiers lead you to that conclusion?

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You are seeing the white/light gray feathers that male Common Yellowthroats have around their black mask.  Light gray and white look blue in low light.  The back is greenish (again, it has a bluish hue because of the lighting), the belly is a paler greenish-gray, and the throat is yellow, all pointing to Common Yellowthroat.

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Posted (edited)

I should have said I think that is what we are seeing. I'm not totally sure what's going on with the head either.

Edited by The Bird Nuts

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