Friday, November 16, 2018

Bird Identificaiton

Sometimes, identifying a bird at your feeder can be tricky. The two birds shown below are of different species, albeit in the same family.

The bird in front is a House Finch, a year round resident.


The one in the rear is a Purple Finch, a winter visitor. While both have a red-purple head and breast, the Purple Finch looks as if it "has been dipped in grape juice"*, or perhaps red wine.


Once you know what to look for it's easy to tell them apart, isn't it?


Here a third finch, the American Goldfinch has joined the line up, in front of the other two, while a Tufted Titmouse stands perched on the feeder edge (both year round residents, as is the bird shown below).

And then sometimes it is rather easy to ID the birds at your feeder.


Especially around Thanksgiving.

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* In quotes because it is not original with me, but I can't recall where I first heard or read it.

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