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#1 BuckeyeBruce

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

I assumed this was a house finch when he first appeared, but pretty quickly noticed the coloring was orange vs. the typical red. He was also a bit larger than a house finch. I know I haven't seen him around here before, but can't find him in a guide. I did manage to get a few pics; so glad to have found this forum - any help would be greatly appreciated!

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#2 sdearth

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

There is a orange variant of the house fench

maybe !!

Life list = 279 as of 2/25/2014 Greater White-fronted Goose & Canvasback are the latest

 

2014 bird count = 101 as of 2/25/2014 Greater White-fronted Goose & Canvasback are the latest

 

Gwinnett County 2014 bird count = 78 as of 2/18/2014 Northern Pintail is the latest

 

2013 bird count was 204 for the year

 

photo list= 178 as of 2/3/2014 Greater White-fronted Goose is the latest

 

 

 

 


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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

This is a House Finch. Reds, yellows, and oranges in birds come from carotenoid pigments, and the birds have to acquire them through their diet, then modify them to use. Which means that if their diet changes or they're metabolically out of sorts during molt, the colors can come in funny. House Finches seem to be especially prone to this, so you'll sometimes see orange or even yellow instead of red.

#4 BuckeyeBruce

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:08 PM

Thanks!




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