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Post Posted: May 11, 2018 4:43 pm 
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Today I had a bird come to the feeder that I have never seen before. I wish it would have stayed a bit longer so I could ID it. It was about the size of a finch with a yellow flick on its wing and head. The only thing I can find close or maybe it was a golden-winged Warbler that is not suppose to be here.
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Post Posted: May 11, 2018 5:03 pm 
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Was it a pine Siskin?

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pin ... r/67276581

Oh sorry I read too fast, you said it had yellow on it’s head as well.


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Post Posted: May 11, 2018 6:28 pm 
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nope it wasn't a pine siskin, I know them, we have lots of them.


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today, i had a pair of black headed grosbeaks and a pair of evening grosbeaks, and then a few minutes ago, a pair of western tanagers showed up. but none of these were your bird. finch size and splash of yellow on head would make me think of the american goldfinch juvenile (haven't seen them yet) but they have obvious wingbars


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Post Posted: May 13, 2018 8:31 am 
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All male House & Cassin's Finches have the same potential for yellow, orange, or red coloration. We had a yellow Cassin's a few years back.


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Post Posted: May 13, 2018 12:30 pm 
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I have quite a few Cassins, a couple of miles east of Meyer Park at 8,600', but they have no yellow on them.

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Post Posted: May 13, 2018 9:40 pm 
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The more I look at the bird book the only thing it could have been was a gold-winged warbler (700 miles west of where he should have been). I had three western tanagers, males come to the feeders today.


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Post Posted: May 14, 2018 9:22 am 
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I believe what you are seeing (I have them here, in the woods, at my birdbath. 8K elev) is the Yellow Rumped Warbler. I get both the Audubon's race and the Myrtle race. The Audubon's have 1 wide white wing band and the Myrtle have 2 narrow white wing bands. Both are black with yellow caps and throats and a yellow rump.

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Post Posted: May 14, 2018 2:46 pm 
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My turn -- I had a large, broad, brown feathered bird, with a bright yellow upper breast. That is the only area that was not brown. This was this am, under a bird feeder with finches and such. It's size caught my eye. I was on the phone -- of course -- and could not get a picture. I googled "large brown bird with yellow breast", but that didn't go well! Just curious!


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Post Posted: May 14, 2018 3:11 pm 
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The yellow-rumped warbler was it. Thank you


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kmsunday - your sighting might be a female yellow headed blackbird. I don't see them at my home but it might come close if you live near a meadow, esp. with water nearby.

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