Date: 10/27/19 5:35 pm From: Tom Crabtree <tc...> Subject: [obol] Re: Interesting Junco - Tillamook OR
It isn’t a Pink-sided. The white on the belly is way too extensive for that form. Dave Irons had a really good article on Junco ID in the current issue of Oregon Birds. It is well worth the membership price.
Tom Crabtree, Bend
From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Julie Scotland
Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:47 AM
Subject: [obol] Interesting Junco - Tillamook OR
Conor and I had an interesting Junco at the Tillamook Medical Plaza trail just before sunset ( here: 45.459004, -123.853475). It was in a mixed flock of sparrows (Golden-crowned, White-crowned, Song) and Oregon Juncos.
The bird initially caught our attention as it had a very light blue/gray head. It also had a prominent dark mask and light pink flanks/side of breast. Not long after a female Oregon Junco jumped up next to it - making the differences even more strikingly clear. We thought it might be a Pink-sided.
Low quality photos included in eBird checklist here. In the field, the gray head was more strikingly light and blueish than show in the photos.
Realizing that Pink-sided would be very unlikely here, would appreciate any feedback on how Pink-sided can be differentiated from light colored Oregon Juncos.