Rafael Belliard
Wonderful call on this one!
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Excuse the blurry pics for the last few posts. Working with a new camera/bino combo and haven’t quite got the focus thing down. Camera only magnification is only x4 while binoculars are x8.
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Nat Geo Field Guide arrived today. Seems nearly all the sightings in CA had one issue or another contrary to the SOCAL guide and what I was able to find on the web. Therefore going with Barry’s recomm...View More
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Rafael Belliard
Also of note, I’m located on the foothills with a 4000 ft summit about 8 miles off. All of these considerations went into the ID.
Elizabeth Redpath
My intent is not to cause a stir, I’m relatively new to birding and am trying to learn. Apologies if my comment came across the wrong way.
Rafael Belliard
Lastly the call was far more consistent with the Yellow Grosbeak than any of the finches which in my experience tend to be much longer and more complex. This was quite short (series of 4 chirps, 1 followed by 3 in rapid succession) rather than the much longer sing-song of the finches hereabouts.
Rafael Belliard
Since both of you seem to have taken my “not cause a stir” remark far more seriously than I intended, I can only assume that it was me that was at fault. Firstly, let me say that I respect both of you and your opinions regardless of how new you are…being a relative newcomer to serious birding myse...View More
Barry Farquharson
Rafael, no summary is necessary. I've followed your explanation as to how you've reached the ID, with all the circumstantial evidence etc. I've not been able to find any photos of a Yellow Grosbeak that looks like your bird. This one is probably the closest - https://ebird.org/species/yelgro2
Barry Farquharson
....but it is still a yellow bird, rather than a buff/brown coloured bird. At the end of the day it doesn't matter if you agree with me or not. I'm a relative novice with regards North American birds (having never been to the USA) so I likely go through a similar process to yourself (and Elizabeth) ...View More
Rafael Belliard
…(sorry fat fingered post, please let me continue)… my thought process in Identifying this bird. 1) Clearly (to me anyway), this appears to be a female or immature male. 2) I perceive it as more of a yellow/golden color with some white in the wings. What appears to be most prominently missing is the...View More
Barry Farquharson
Well we agree on one thing, Rafael - female or immature (most likely). Colour-wise, I'm not getting any sort of yellow/gold feel from the photo (which could be a white balance thing from the camera) - at best an orange/brown. I've got pretty much all the northern hemisphere packs installed and ran y...View More
Rafael Belliard
…once again fat fingered it…off the sandiegobirds.com website. Lastly, the bird (larger than the local finches) took off by itself, from an elevation of ~ 700ft heading in the immediate direction of the mountains…. All of that said I would be happy to change the ID but am unsure how to do so without...View More
Rafael Belliard
P.S My own personal rule is 2 calls which exactly match v. the ABA rule of 1.
Barry Farquharson
If you do want to change the sighting without losing the discussion, then maybe the 'support' tab (and 'contact us' link) would be the easiest way of finding out if it is possible.
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Elcio Reis
Very beautiful.
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Been waiting a long time for this one! Saw it in the neighbor’s birdbath.
Rafael Belliard
Don’t understand how the same bird (Setophaga coronata - posted above) but appears to be also called a Myrtle Warbler (which I can’t find anywhere). Can someone help me out here?
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Very similar to the White-crown I posted below but the head markings are less pronounced and the song/calls are very different as well. Both lovely little birds.
Rafael Belliard
Took a ham-handed video but haven’t figured out how to get it uploaded correctly.
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