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Old Apr 30, 2007, 11:02 AM   #1
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I think this is either a purple or a house finch - anyone?

Took this on the North Shore on Lake Superior, MN.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 1:08 PM   #2
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I'd guess house due to the steaking on the breast.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 6:25 PM   #3
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And one vote for Purple, which has more diffuse streaking. There is too strong a face pattern and too much red on the top of the head, the belly and the flanks for a typical House Finch.Another possibility for confusionwould be Cassin's Finch, which normally shouldn't occur in Minnesota.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 6:44 PM   #4
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I took this out back, and matched it up to Sibley's identification book as a house finch. So my guess is you have a purple finch.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 7:07 PM   #5
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I can get those two mixed up as well, as long as I remember that the house finch reddish coloration is much more subdued than on the purple finch. Having checked my Sibleys, I would agree that it's a purple finch. And what a beauty it is. Well done. Dan
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Old May 2, 2007, 9:17 AM   #6
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Nice shot. Could be a rosefinch...seems to match the one in my birdie book...cheers..Don
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