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Old Jul 15, 2008, 9:22 PM   #1
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I was peeking out at the feeders out back when I saw this reddish bird mixed in with the goldfinches. Hauled out the D300, carefully eased open the back door about 6 inches - just enough to poke the barrel of my 70-200 Nikkor out and then snapped away. Judging from the amount of red I figure this must be a purple finch - the house finch being more subdued in red colour in my Sibley's.

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Old Jul 15, 2008, 9:25 PM   #3
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#3 - The print of this came out very nice indeed - probably the best photo I've ever done (thanks to the D300)
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#4 this is a female goldfinch . Thanks for looking. Cheers, Dan
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They are all nice but the first one has real character!

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You are correct. House Finches actually are quite variable, ranging from deep red to pale yellow, but they always have well defined brown streaking below, rather than the diffuse, blotchy pinkish ones of this Purple Finch, Nice catch.
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Wow, great color!
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Tom, Penolta and Will... many thanks for the feedback. This little guy is turning out to be a frequent visitor to the feeder, so will be the object of future posts. Strange things is that I never see the female around (I know what she looks like). Anyideas on that Penolta? Cheers, Dan
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Strange things is that I never see the female around (I know what she looks like). Any¬*ideas on that Penolta?¬* Cheers,¬* Dan
Not really. She could be on a nest someplace, and be sneaking in when you are not looking. I don't really know how variable their plumage might be where you are, either. I have seen people confuse the females of the western race with House Finches, and we also could have Cassin's Finches, which are intermediate between the other two, so we really have to look closely!
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I found her Penolta - she was feeding on the ground under my other feeder - mixed in with the mourning doves.

Very skittish compared to big red so no pics yet. Dan
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