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Old Jan 4, 2005, 6:37 PM   #1
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I am saying these are Yellow-Throated Vireos until someone tells me different. They show up in my backyard around this time of the year every year.



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Old Jan 4, 2005, 6:43 PM   #2
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Old Jan 4, 2005, 6:47 PM   #3
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Old Jan 4, 2005, 6:51 PM   #4
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#5 Lots of Yellow-Throats

One of several feeders in my by.

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Old Jan 4, 2005, 7:29 PM   #6
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I think what you got there are American Goldfinches in winter plummage.
They really change a lot from their spring and summer plummage.
Vireos have a longer, slimmer bill. BTW, nice pics!!
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I think what you got there are American Goldfinches in winter plummage.
They really change a lot from their spring and summer plummage.
Vireos have a longer, slimmer bill. BTW, nice pics!!
You are right Woodmeister. I was looking at my book and the blackpatch on top of the males head threw me. I forget to look at the smaller picture for the winter plumage. I've seen the male goldfinch in his bright yellow plumage in my by but not very often. Maybe half a dozen times in the 14 years I've been here. Also my book shows they are a winter resident of S. Ga and the permanent resident area begins further up in N. Ga.

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Old Jan 5, 2005, 1:44 AM   #8
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Hard to decide which I like best. All are good photos. But 2 & 3 do it for me, if you clone the branch from behind the birds head in 2 would make it a definate winner. Very well done.



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