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I.D. help please, Black-headed Grosbeak?

 
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Aug 14, 2016 18:51 |  #1

This bird briefly visited our yard in northeast Wisconsin last week. I thought at first it was an American robin as it had a yellowish-orange breast. Then I saw the head that was similar to the female rose-breasted grosbeaks we see in spring and fall, except it had whiter stripes. After looking at Peterson's Field Guide and allaboutbirds.org, the coloring and dark bill made me think it might be a female black-headed grosbeak, but northeast Wisconsin is several states east of the listed range for this bird. Is this a female black-headed grosbeak, a young rose-breasted grosbeak, or something else?

Thanks for help. I was shooting across an asphalt driveway and I think the heat haze was causing problems in getting sharp photos, but these should be good enough for identification purposes.


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Aug 14, 2016 23:21 |  #2

Got any other shots that show the breast?


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Aug 15, 2016 10:25 |  #3

Beekeeper wrote in post #18095735 (external link)
Got any other shots that show the breast?

I do not have any other angles, the bird did not turn on the perch. When I first saw the bird it was moving through the branches behind leaves so somewhat obscured, but it had an yellowish-orange breast (which does not show in the photos) and it was not as streaked as the female rose-breasted grosbeaks I normally see in the spring.




  
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Aug 15, 2016 17:27 as a reply to  @ WiscTim's post |  #4

Really think it's a juvenile male Rose breasted grossbeak.


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Aug 15, 2016 22:23 |  #5

Beekeeper wrote in post #18096540 (external link)
Really think it's a juvenile male Rose breasted grossbeak.

Thanks for the i.d. I have only seen the adult rose-breasted grosbeaks when they migrate through, and I could not find any photos of juveniles.




  
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