Date: 10/25/19 6:24 pm
From: Sally Hill <1sallyhill.9...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Possible Lesser/American Goldfinch hybrid-Lane County
Hi Joel,
Thank you for your input. I believe that the bill was very light, either pink or yellow. I first saw the bird right in front of me but then it flew to the fence railing where I took the photo. It was the bill that I first noticed that seemed wrong for a lesser.

Sally Hill

> On Oct 25, 2019, at 5:56 PM, <clearwater...> wrote:
> ´╗┐Hi Sally (& all),
> I can see why you were thinking in this direction. But in your first photo in the checklist, the bird's bill looks normally dark for Lesser Goldfinch, so I wonder if the lighter appearance of the bill after it turned its head in the 3rd photo is an effect of bright sunlight reflecting off of it.
> The wings are kind of messy -- looks like some of the coverts haven't grown out all the way. I'm not up to speed on molt stages for goldfinches but my guess here is that it's still re-growing some of its wing feathers. Perhaps some of the banders here who have a copy of Pyle handy could comment.
> Otherwise it looks OK for Lesser Goldfinch to me. The bright yellow breast that you note would fit with that too ... I haven't seen a bright yellow American Goldfinch in some weeks.
> Joel
> I saw this Goldfinch at Fern Ridge-Orchard Point- Lane County.
> I think this is a hybrid, it had a pale yellowish bill, green streaky back and
> indistinct wing bars. Very yellow breast which none of the photos show.
> Thoughts?
> []
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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