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Marlton, NJ

Notice the white brow.

Sorry I didn't have time to look very well for an ID myself.

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Marlton, NJ

Thank you! :-)

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Melbourne, FL

Some type of female Grosbeak?

Marlton, NJ

Hi GP, That crossed my mind too but it doesn't seem to completely match up. The streaking on the breast seems too wide.

If it was I would be one happy camper!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Tough one to call. The plumage looks most like female Purple Finch, but the bill is strongly curved above, more like House Finch bill shape.

Resin

Milwaukee, WI

Looks to me to be a female Purple Finch.

Marlton, NJ

Wow the plumage is very much like a female Purple Finch.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Purple_Finch.html

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Problem is, look at the bill - in the Cornell photos, the top side of the bill (tech term: the culmen) is nearly straight; in your pic, it is quite obviously curved, more like a House Finch's bill.

Sibley does however say 'slightly curved' for Purple Finch (in contrast to the absolutely straight culmen on Cassin's Finch), so it may be something that varies a bit from individual to individual.

Resin

Central, KY(Zone 6b)

That looks like a bird I've seen for the last 2 days that I wasn't sure about either. The only thing I could find that looked like a match was a female Purple Finch. I need to be sure because I'm wanting to report it to the Feeder Watch program I'm doing. Here are a couple of my photos.

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Central, KY(Zone 6b)

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Marlton, NJ

Thats it sadie!

Marlton, NJ

Here she is again but on the back of a feeder.

Might these gentlemen with her possibly be Purple Finch?

Milwaukee, WI

Sadie Mae,
Report it. It's definitely a Purple Finch (female). One of the good field marks is the dark splotch below the beak.
Jimbo

Marlton, NJ

Woops, forgot the pic.

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Central, KY(Zone 6b)

Thanks, I'll report it as such!

I wonder where the guys are? I've had a few House Finch male and female but haven't seen anything that looks like the male PF. To me, the male PF and HF are the hardest to tell apart, except for some of the sparrows.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quoting:
Might these gentlemen with her possibly be Purple Finch?

They're two male House Finches with the female Purple

Resin

Marlton, NJ

Darn! I know there has to be males around somewhere,lol.

I'll keep looking. :-)

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