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Bird Identification: is this a goldfinch or pine siskin?

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abslush
Leavenworth, KS

November 29, 2013
6:14 PM

Post #9718752

or something else?

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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 29, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9718765

Well, you have got a puzzle.
Streaked breast looks like Pine Siskin, but white chin and wing bars do not. Solid colored back looks like Goldfinch, streaked breast does not. The little spot of yellow on either side should be a clue - but I'm not having much luck matching it.

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 29, 2013
7:02 PM

Post #9718771

Wrong bill for a seed-eating bird. Looks like a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 29, 2013
7:30 PM

Post #9718776

I think Old Ned is right - immature Yellow-rumped Warbler. But that means the poor thing is in the wrong place at the wrong time - it should have migrated.
abslush
Leavenworth, KS

November 30, 2013
5:40 AM

Post #9718855

Well I guess I should have said that there were for sure 2 of them. 2 were on the birdbath at the same time when I took these pictures. Later that day I looked out and thought I saw 3, but they flew off too fast. Thanks all!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9719028

To be exact, a Myrtle Warbler (Yellow-rumped Warbler was recently split into two species, Myrtle Warbler [east & north] and Audubon's Warbler [west])

Resin

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2013
2:17 PM

Post #9719079

We have them in Iowa in the winter in a few areas. I had no idea until we saw one last year. If they find all they need, they will do fine in the winter. When there are no bugs, they will eat fruit. :)
dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 20, 2013
12:07 AM

Post #9731006

In this area, they live on bayberries in the winter. They have some very clever intestinal bacteria that help them digest the wax, a calorie-rich substance that not much else can eat. Is there a plant with waxy fruit in the middle of the country?

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

December 20, 2013
7:54 AM

Post #9731197

Well, we have Cedar Waxwings and Juniper berries can be kind of waxy - but I can't think of anything so waxy you can make candles out of it, like bayberries.

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