This bird doesn't look at all like a tanager to me. The bill looks to be black, which doesn't fit a tanager, deformed or not. Overall, the bird is too dark for a tanager, having only slight yellowish tones, and not the much brighter tones that a tanager would show. This seems to me to be a yellowish toned Red Crossbill. There is a variant of this species that can have faint wing bars.
On Sunday, December 20, 2020, 01:17:38 PM PST, Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <wilmot...> wrote:
Western Tanager makes sense and matches pretty well. Open to other ideas, but that does seem to be the closest so far. Thanks!
On Dec 20, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:
I agree. WETA.
On Dec 20, 2020, at 12:40 PM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> wrote:
Western Tanager with a deformed bill IMO.
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-------- Original message --------From: Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> Date: 12/20/20 12:31 PM (GMT-08:00) To: SBB <southbaybirds...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Mystery CBC bird— Oriole?
We need your input. Barry & Ginger Landgon-Lassange photographed this bird south of Lake Cunningham for the Evergreen sector of the San Jose CBC. Photos attached. Lost the bird after last photo.<IMG_0868.jpg><IMG_0869.jpg><IMG_0870.jpg>
Notes: “Looked yellow-green in flight. Size of an oriole... Could be crossbill sized.”
Crossbill? Other Finch or Oriole with a deformed bill?Any thoughts are mucho appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Cheers,Dani ChristensenEvergreen Sector Leader
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