November 2001 Mystery Birds

These finches were photographed in California. The left bird was in early September and the right bird in early March.

Perhaps these were too easy. They are American and Lawrence's goldfinches respectively as correctly analyzed by all contributers. In particular the tail spots are diagnostic. Only American Goldfinch has white extending to the tip of the tail and only Lawrence's has a white band in the middle of the tail with a dark base.

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