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Juvenile Grosbeak

I just saw a young grosbeak in a tree with feeders in the front yard of a house at the corner of Susan Street and North Dufferin Street, near Huntsville Public School. I had to get back to work, so couldn't spend any time with the bird. It had a strongly bicoloured bill (dark on top, bone below), which is often a feature of a Black-headed Grosbeak, although I believe first winter male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks can have this same look to their bills?? The bird was puffed up and hiding within the tree, so couldn't get very good looks. Appeared to have one rose-coloured feather on its breast. An unusual bird for this time of the year. Likely a late Rose-breasted, but if someone else could confirm i.d. to eliminate a Black-headed that would be great!!


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