Larger than a Lesser Goldfinch, But Similar in Coloring

In San Diego, a semi-frequent visitor to the thistle-feeder, at least in the spring. It's early March, and I saw one a week or so ago, and then a different one today. Coloration very similar to the male lesser goldfinches that eat there. This bird is larger than the lesser goldfinches, however, with a narrow pointy black bill and black legs. I noticed that the most recent one had a white circle around his eye--I think he was a juvenile. This is not just an aberrant goldfinch, because I've seen others of his kind at the feeder, too. No photos, because none of them are regulars. Would appreciate help identifying--he's not in any of my books. Thanks very much!

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Mar 04, 2014
larger than a lesser goldfinch, but similar in coloring NEW
by: Brook

It's funny how we surprise our selves isn't it. I hope you are right.

Mar 03, 2014
A Warbler? NEW
by: Anonymous

I may have solved my own dilemma, if warblers are larger than goldfinches...I think my bird is either a yellow-rumped warbler or a Townsend's warbler. They're apparently common here in San Diego, although I've never noticed one before.

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