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Old Aug 22, 2007, 11:37 PM   #1
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I always liked Crosby Stills and Nash and in their song "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" they sang of a "ruby throated sparrow." Is this it?
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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I always liked Crosby Stills and Nash and in their song "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" they sang of a "ruby throated sparrow." Is this it?
Looks like a house sparrow to me. (Male) Here are a couple I took a while back.





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Old Aug 23, 2007, 1:09 AM   #3
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Thanks Bigdawg, This was the first time I saw a sparrow with all that red. If its just a plain sparrow, then what is a ruby throated sparrow, or was it just in the song?

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I think there may be a typo there, this looks like a house finch, house sparrows (which are very similar in size and shape) are not red.

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Old Aug 23, 2007, 7:22 AM   #5
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I think there may be a typo there, this looks like a house finch, house sparrows (which are very similar in size and shape) are not red.

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You are correct Ira..It is a house finch...Never post after three beers...Course you do steady up some and shoot better after the third one ...or at least I do.

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I thought I was being dingy thinking it was a purple-finch (they always look red to me) but I think that's the official name. Got a link to a bird site.. startlingly similar pic
http://www.bird-friends.com/BirdPage...Purple%20Finch
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 11:22 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. Then my next question is, "is there such a thing as 'ruby throated sparrow' as in the CS&N song?"

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Thanks guys. Then my next question is, "is there such a thing as 'ruby throated sparrow' as in the CS&N song?"

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There may be for all I know but I can't google any up other than the CSN song.

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Lyrics, as far as I know there is no such thing as a ruby-throated sparrow. I should point out that you are in Germany, and House Finches and Purple Finches are North American birds. House Finches have been introduced in various places, but I don't know if there are any in Germany. There are a couple of dozen related birds in the sameGenus, so it is possible your bird is one of those. The commonest one where you are may be the Rosefinch, but I think it is not so heavily streaked as your photo shows. Perhaps someone locally can identify it for you.
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Penolta, thanks for the comments. Actually the shot was taken in Virginia at my in-laws, thus the North American species. And thanks Dawg for the info. Even if they made up the name of the bird, I still like the song!

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