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#1 sailormom64

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:59 AM

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What I have learned so far.... just because you think that bird is just another _____ (house sparrow, chickadee, crow or whatever you are used to seeing) look a little closer... you just might be surprised!

#2 Limpkin

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:37 AM

Nice male House Finch there. Welcome to Whatbird!

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:51 AM

Nice male House Finch there. Welcome to Whatbird!


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:15 AM

Oh thank you for your help! I was looking at house finches and purple finches and though I found close resemblances I just was not sure what he was! He is always at my suet feeder with what I assume is his mate, a little smaller than he is and more brownish than he is.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:10 PM

Oh thank you for your help! I was looking at house finches and purple finches and though I found close resemblances I just was not sure what he was! He is always at my suet feeder with what I assume is his mate, a little smaller than he is and more brownish than he is.


Yes. You are probably correct. These birds are unusually in pairs. They are constant visitors to my feeders & right now are bringing their fledglings too.

There are a couple of really good comparison threads on WhatBird that can be used for figuring out which is which with the House & Purple Finches. I have found them all to be a big help. This year I have seen some really colorful & bright House Finch males but so far I do not think I have ever seen a Purple Finch. Am still reviewing all of my photos with high hopes though. :)

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

Are these birds house finches too? Forgot to tell you I am located in SC, these pictures were taken this morning/afternoon.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

The first looks like a Northern Cardinal and the second appears to be another male House Finch in odd lighting.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:06 PM

The first looks like a Northern Cardinal and the second appears to be another male House Finch in odd lighting.


Seconded. I think the House Finch may be slightly wet.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:45 AM

Yes, the picture was taken right after a rain shower and it was in a weeping willow tree playing in the water on the leaves. I thought the first one was a cardinal too, because it looks like it has a crest but wondering if it might be blur from my camera instead? I know when I first looked at it from the front I did think it was a cardinal, but this was taken far away with my zoom all the way, that is why it is so blurry. My birds are shy, they won't let me get too close haha! I love this site, all the pictures and info is amazing. Thanks for all your help!
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:49 AM

Here's a male and female House Finch together for you to compare to what you observed:

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:00 AM

The tail on the cardinal is too long to be a house finch.




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