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Edge, after all the Pine Siskins look a lot like winter gold finches with steaks.  Maybe you should try a paint brush with a little lamp black on your feeder birds, then take blurry pictures and no one need ever know.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
  
Edge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Well, I thought maybe I just don't know what they look like. Checked 
Sibley, National Geo, Kaufmann, Stokes, Peterson (east and west), and 
even that awful old audubon one.

They all show a rather small, streaky close to little brown job. 
Can't see what all the fuss is about.

There is a term for what you folks, bragging about this streaky LBJ, 
are doing to those of us who are not blessed with its presence at our 
feeders. The term is Grip Off.

Definition of grip off: Teasing a birder about not seeing a bird you 
have seen.

No, I didn't make that up. And, no, I would NEVER do it to others--I 
do recall some difficulty Ms. Leonatti had with Red-necked Grebes 
for, well, years, I believe--and then--well...

My goldfinches are mighty pretty, even in winter plumage, and the 
Red-breasted Nuthatch is cute.

So there!


Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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