Date: 12/20/20 9:28 pm
From: Ginger Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <binzer...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Mystery CBC bird— Oriole?
Al,

The bird looked, in the field, very much greenish & yellow, when the light shone directly on it. The bill color was not strikingly obvious in my binocular view, neither very pale nor very dark. I did notice a contrast between the color of the top and bottom wingbars as it flew, so that’s not just photographic artifacting.

I’m finding this all fascinating, but I hope we can all remember that sometimes, even on a CBC count day, some birds are simply… *shrug* … not identified. Better to say “I simply don’t know” than to put inaccuracy into the data set of the CBC. Just my personal opinion, there. 😊

Ginger Langdon-Lassagne


> On Dec 20, 2020, at 9:21 PM, Al Eisner via groups.io <eisner...> wrote:
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> With these pirtures, am I imagining a yellow tint to the front wingbar?
> That would be good for the Tanager. The bill also seems to be getting
> somewhat paler. Real effets, or artifacts of the processing?
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> Al
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> On Sun, 20 Dec 2020, Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io wrote:
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>> Here are the same in-flight photos, but procesed a little to lighten the shadows. The coloring here better matches what Ginger observed (a yellow-green bird headed toward us) and makes me lean more toward Western Tanager (with bill deformity), but I don’t want to count this bird for the CBC if there isn’t a consensus on what species it is (or unless it gets re-found and positively identified).
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>>> On Dec 20, 2020, at 7:14 PM, bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt...> wrote:
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>>> How about a 1st year male Scott’s Oriole with a broken almost dangling bill. Look at perched picture and expand on bill. What I see is Not decurved but broken.
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>>> Do we all get to vote😊
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>>> Bob
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>>> Bob Hirt
>>> (408) 821-2732
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>>> Please excuse the brevity, the typos, and the sometimes humorous autocorrect changes.
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>>> On Dec 20, 2020, at 6:58 PM, Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...> <mailto:<norcalbirding...>> wrote:
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>>>> My initial reaction was oriole especially from the perched overall shape and appearance. Not stocky or thick-billed like a Western Tanager.
>>>> Ryan
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>>>> Ryan Phillips
>>>> Norcal Birding
>>>> www.norcalbirding.com <http://www.norcalbirding.com/>
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>>>> On Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 12:31 PM Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> <mailto:<danichristensen1128...>> wrote:
>>>> Hi birders!
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>>>> 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.
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>>>> Notes: “Looked yellow-green in flight. Size of an oriole... Could be crossbill sized.”
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>>>> Crossbill? Other Finch or Oriole with a deformed bill?Any thoughts are mucho appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Dani Christensen
>>>> Evergreen Sector Leader
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