Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Richard Ditch, 7 August 2006 [larger view].

Date Time Original: 2006:07:08 08:30:57
Exposure Time: 1/249
F-Number: 8.00
ISO: 200

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 psweet
    July 9, 2009

    This appears to be a young male Indigo Bunting. The angle on the tomia (cutting edges of the bill) is typical of the Cardinalines. The hints of blue coming in and the fine streaking suggest Indigo Bunting.

  2. #2 Jared
    July 9, 2009

    Juvenile Carpodacus mexicanus; the streaked belly gave it away, that and shape of the beak just screams “Finch!”

  3. #3 Russell
    July 9, 2009

    Isn’t the list of “mystery birds to date” getting a bit out of date? 😉

  4. #4 Jared
    July 11, 2009

    Got that one…

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