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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 18, 2007
11:26 AM

Post #4205955

Notice the white brow.

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

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 18, 2007
11:27 AM

Post #4205956

Thank you! :-)

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

November 18, 2007
12:26 PM

Post #4206013

Some type of female Grosbeak?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 18, 2007
12:30 PM

Post #4206019

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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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 19, 2007
12:12 AM

Post #4207957

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
jws1949
Milwaukee, WI

November 19, 2007
12:20 AM

Post #4207981

Looks to me to be a female Purple Finch.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 19, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #4207988

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

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

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 19, 2007
12:37 AM

Post #4208036

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
sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 19, 2007
12:43 AM

Post #4208065

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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sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 19, 2007
12:44 AM

Post #4208071

#2

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 19, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #4208080

Thats it sadie!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 19, 2007
12:51 AM

Post #4208092

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

Might these gentlemen with her possibly be Purple Finch?
jws1949
Milwaukee, WI

November 19, 2007
12:51 AM

Post #4208097

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
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 19, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #4208102

Woops, forgot the pic.

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sadie_mae
Central, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 19, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #4208115

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.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 19, 2007
1:32 AM

Post #4208239

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

They're two male House Finches with the female Purple

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 19, 2007
2:12 AM

Post #4208399

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

I'll keep looking. :-)

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