[Tweeters] Need an ID please on a bird from New Mexico - I am thoroughly confused now ....

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sun Dec 6 13:52:55 PST 2015


The beak is sparrow-shaped which leaves out any titmouse.

Remember that a photo or a field guide illustration represents a single point in time. Molt, age, subspecies, sex, and so on all make the birds look different. I would be surprised if a bird exactly matched the field guide.



Hal Michael
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The pictures I find in Sibley's and iBird don't look quite like either the Canyon Towhee or the Tufted Titmouse. Looks closer to me, perhaps, to the Juniper or Oak Titmouse, but other factors don't seem quite right to me, like location. The Towhee, to me, does not look much like this at all.

Betty, as to the crest, I agree, and it seems a bit red-tinted to me as well.

Could you folks please explain to me why you think it is one or the other, and maybe point me to a source where I can compare better and learn more?

Thanks a bunch.




Betty
Sunday, December 6, 2015 1:14 PM
But the second picture, Bill, shows a crest...it could be a tufted
titmouse.., could it not?

Betty
Chimacum bettinab39 at yahoo.com -----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [ mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu ] On Behalf Of Joshua
Glant
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2015 9:57 AM
To: retief at deweydrive.com Cc: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need an ID please on a bird from New Mexico

Hi Bill,

You've got a Canyon Towhee! I can't think of any other New Mexico sparrow
that is buffy grey all over with slightly rufous undertail coverts. Nice
bird - I've never been in range to see one! :)

Good birding, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh(dot)n(dot)glant(at)gmail(dot)com

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On Dec 6, 2015, at 9:49 AM, retief <retief at deweydrive.com> wrote:

Just got back from Bosque del Apache and photographed this little bird:



http://deweydrive.com/photos/var/albums/Misc/Misc/BD-20151202-13372087-NIKON %20D810.JPG?m=1449423702
http://deweydrive.com/photos/var/albums/Misc/Misc/BD-20151202-13334679-NIKON %20D810.JPG?m=1449423861

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For the life of me I can't find this in Sibley's, which simply means I am

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looking in the wrong place. I'd sure think "finch".

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Thanks for any help.

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Joshua Glant
Sunday, December 6, 2015 9:57 AM
Hi Bill,

You've got a Canyon Towhee! I can't think of any other New Mexico sparrow that is buffy grey all over with slightly rufous undertail coverts. Nice bird - I've never been in range to see one! :)

Good birding, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh(dot)n(dot)glant(at)gmail(dot)com


retief
Sunday, December 6, 2015 9:49 AM
Just got back from Bosque del Apache and photographed this little bird:
http://deweydrive.com/photos/var/albums/Misc/Misc/BD-20151202-13372087-NIKON%20D810.JPG?m=1449423702
http://deweydrive.com/photos/var/albums/Misc/Misc/BD-20151202-13334679-NIKON%20D810.JPG?m=1449423861

For the life of me I can't find this in Sibley's, which simply means I am looking in the wrong place. I'd sure think "finch".

Thanks for any help.


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Bill Dewey
www.thefocusedeye.com
www.deweydrive.com

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