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Aaah, the beauties of the English language.

Note also:  Rectrices/retrices.  Preferred/original is REC...   
Someone left out that C in a bird book and the second spelling/ 
pronunciation emerged.

Bedazzling compliments of:

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On May 12, 2008, at 11:04 AM, Grant, Mike wrote:

> Thanks.  Now I can bedazzle the un-initiated with "fuscous" and
> "retrices".  ;-)
>
> Seriously, though, "fuscous" is NOT in the 1400+ page dictionary I  
> have
> here so I really didn't know what it meant.
>
>
> Mike Grant
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brad Jacobs [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 10:52 AM
> To: Grant, Mike; [log in to unmask]
> Subject: RE: Pine Siskin - Juveniles?
>
> grayish or dark brown.  It is often used to describe colors on birds.
> the patch of brown on the bill of a female mallard is described as
> fuscous.  Dark brown or gray brown would be more understandable, I
> agree.
>
> brad
>
>>>> "Grant, Mike" <[log in to unmask]> 05/12/08 10:44 AM >>>
> Brad,
>
> "streaked with fuscous" ?  What the heck is "fuscous"?
>
> Mike Grant
> Chesterfield, MO
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Brad Jacobs
> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 10:36 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Pine Siskin - Juveniles?
>
> Determining for sure that you have local hatchlings will need to be
> documented. Just dull colored birds might not be enough.
>
> From Birds of N.A. Cornell online.
> Distinguishing Characters of Pine Siskins
>
> Small finch. Total length 11-14 cm; body mass 12-18 g, depending on
> season. Bill slender and tail conspicuously notched. The following
> italicized color designations are from Smithe (1975-1981). Contour
> feathers heavily streaked with dusky brown to blackish on drab to  
> brown
> background on upperparts and on pale neutral gray to white on
> underparts. Wings and tail dusky brown or blackish. Generally, 2 buff
> wing-bars fading to white with time. Basal portions of remiges and all
> but central rectrices pale spectrum yellow to sulphur yellow . Yellow
> most evident in flight; otherwise often concealed. Sexes not reliably
> identified by plumage characters or size, though greater amount and
> brightness of yellow may distinguish approximately a third of males  
> when
> combined with information on age and wing length (Pyle et al. 1987).
>
> Juveniles similar in general appearance to adults. Upperparts and
> underparts streaked with fuscous . Usually more buffy or yellow on
> upperparts than adults, with a tinge of olive brown, and more  
> yellow on
> underparts. Wing-bars buff .
>
> Good Luck.
>
> brad
>>>> Brad Jacobs <[log in to unmask]> 05/12/08 10:07 AM >>>
> In past years, after a good siskin year at feeders they often stay and
> nest near the feeders.  So, this would be highly likely and should be
> documented if possible. Maybe a photograph is possible.  Do you see  
> any
> begging or adults feeding the young or have a nest in a nearby conifer
> tree.
>
> brad
>
> Brad Jacobs
> PO Box 180
> Jefferson City, MO  65102
> (573) 751-4115  Ext.3648
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>
>>>> John Hitzeman <[log in to unmask]> 05/12/08 9:55 AM >>>
> All,
>
> Within the past five minutes, several Pine Siskins have returned to my
> feeders, after a 10 - 12 day absence.
>
> One is very small, relatively speaking, and the yellow wing bars are
> very faint, almost non-existent from some angles, marginally  
> visible at
> others. I have taken photos.
>
> Additionally, this individual's crown feathers are sticking up a bit.
>
> Could it be a juvenile that was "born" in the area?
>
> IIRC, it's kind of late for that, isn't it?
>
> Thanks, again ---
>
> John Hitzeman
> Troy, MO
>
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