[Tweeters] RE: A couple of surprises

Joseph V Higbee jvhigbee at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 15 20:29:30 PST 2007


Well shoot!
First I need to acknowledge Carol Riddell's earlier posting of the
Golden-crowned Sparrow with the white throat. I hadn't noticed it earlier.
Then I need to say that what appeared to me to be a Marbled Murrelet is a
juvenile Pigeon Guillemot. I don't have the experience to see that on my own
and thank Dennis Paulson for letting me know. I will quote his remarks for
the benefit of all: "It's actually a juvenile Pigeon Guillemot,
........................ They're infinitely variable, often have about that
much white in the wing. Marbled Murrelet in black and white winter or
juvenile plumage would show a distinct half-collar, have a smaller bill, a
flatter head, and white scapulars."
Someday................

Joseph Higbee
Spanaway, WA
Mailto: jvhigbee at hotmail.com



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