Aberrant Finch at Butterbredt 12 May
A group of 8 birders including Tom Eastman and I observed an aberrant
finch in the leafless portion of the large cottonwood found across
the wash from the "bluff" at the lower end of the Butterbredt main
spring area this past Sunday morning, May 12, 2013.
Have any kerncobirding subscribers ever had experience with the
This was an aberrant finch which had a pink goldfinch-like bill, pink
legs, faint wingbars, some yellow wash in the throat area, and
American Goldfinch-like song (softer than expected). Otherwise this
individual was ENTIRELY uniform grayish in color (undersides, upper
sides, wings). The feathers appeared fully-developed. If I had to bet
my life (which thankfully I do not have to do! :), I would go with
American Goldfinch. But, I am just not sure!
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Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California