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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.