Not large enough for the grosbeak and not the bill of the grosbeak.
> Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:06:33 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help with ID
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> One of the only birds that is Gray with yellow on its head is the female adult
> Pine Grosbeak. As to the yellow patches on the wing I have no clue. A junco
> is 6.25", a Pine Grosbeak is 9". Similar to the Pine Grosbeak is the juvenile
> or female Evening Grosbeak at 8".(gray with some yellow). The fact that they
> were there all day suggests one of these as opposed to a late migrating
> warbler. Also just take a look at both waxwing species in sibleys.
> Tom berriman
> Subject: Help with id
> From: Linda Lunna <lindalunna AT HOTMAIL.COM>
> Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 17:52:07 -0400
> Music Mountain Stockbridge, VT
> Today--all day-- two birds were flitting around in the white birch in the
> yard. They were gray with a yellow patch on their wings ( similar to the
> red patch on a Red-winged Blackbird) and some more yellow on top of the
> head. One was puffed up--and kept fluffing up its feathers--size about like
> a junco and round in a similar way. Any ideas would be appreciated. The
> underside of the tail was black and white.