Date: 8/5/19 6:02 pm
From: Daniel Farrar <jdanielfarrar...>
Subject: [obol] Re: More on white-tail juncos
All sparrows normally have 12 tail feathers (rectrices).

Daniel Farrar
Dunes City

On Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 5:22 PM Harry Fuller <atowhee...> wrote:

> how many tail feathers should they have?
> my references and BNA online is useless
>
> On Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 5:05 PM Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:
>
>> Hi -
>>
>> Juncos are currently undergoing their annual pre-basic molt, which
>> replaces all their feathers over a period of several weeks. Some of them
>> seem to molt their inner, dark tail-feathers before their outer, white
>> ones. if you can get photos good enough to count feathers, you will be
>> able to tell whether or not the "white-tailed" ones have their full
>> complement of feathers.
>>
>> Wayne
>>
>> On 8/5/2019 7:54:53 PM, Harry Fuller <atowhee...> wrote:
>> Do we have a significant population of white-tail juncos here in NW
>> Oregon? These are apparently locally breeding birds, not migrants from
>> far-off forest.
>> I have now heard from two other white-tail spotters in Portland Metro
>> area. Maybe we need a concerted white-tail census among feeder watchers on
>> Obol?
>> Here's update with two other observers' comments.
>> https://atowhee.blog/2019/08/02/auspicious-august/
>>
>> --
>> Harry Fuller
>> author of: *San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:*
>> https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
>> author of *Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA*:
>> https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/
>> author of *Freeway Birding*: *freewaybirding.com
>> <http://freewaybirding.com>*
>> birding website: http://www.towhee.net
>> my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
>>
>>
>
> --
> Harry Fuller
> author of: *San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:*
> https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
> author of *Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA*:
> https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/
> author of *Freeway Birding*: *freewaybirding.com
> <http://freewaybirding.com>*
> birding website: http://www.towhee.net
> my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
>

 
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