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John: Thanks for the info. Both birds are definitely Downies- you might be
right that one could be a juvy. Dave

On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 5:47 PM, John Besser <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> My Nat Geo guide says that some juvenile Downies can have barring on their
> back, in addition to the expected barring on the outer tail feathers. Any
> chance the bird without black markings is a Hairy? Its hard to tell from
> the photo.
>
> On Friday, December 2, 2016, D. Pierce <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Mobirders: Lately while watching birds coming to my suet feeder, I've
>> noticed a different color pattern on the backs of two separate female
>> Downys.
>> One has a plain white middle of the back and also plain white outer tail
>> feathers
>> The other one has the middle of the back marked along with black on the
>> outer tail feathers.
>> Here are photos of the two birds in question:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/30558493574/in/dateposted-public/
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/31010863920/in/dateposted-public/
>>
>> Can anyone explain why the difference in markings on the same species?
>> The reference books all show female Downys with a plain white center on
>> the back and also black markings on the outer tail feathers.
>> Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance,
>> Dave Pierce
>> Wildwood, MO.
>>
>>
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