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  1. #241
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    Jan 2014
    Location
    Thomasville, NC
    Just expanded the bird on the left, and there's no question it's a male purple finch. The side stripes are pale and purplish. House finches have brown stripes.

  2. #242
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    Just expanded the bird on the left, and there's no question it's a male purple finch. The side stripes are pale and purplish. House finches have brown stripes.
    You're right. The image in the guide shows clear stripes on the body of the House Finch. This second picture of the same bird seems to agree with the Purple Finch but the head looks a bit more like a House Finch...

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    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  3. #243
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    You're right. The image in the guide shows clear stripes on the body of the House Finch. This second picture of the same bird seems to agree with the Purple Finch but the head looks a bit more like a House Finch...

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    Head pattern is definitely Purple Finch
    Sage Grouse

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  4. #244
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    The bird on the right is an American goldfinch in winter plumage. On the left is I believe a male purple finch..
    Agree. Funny how size plays a role.
    Sage Grouse

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    'When I got on the bus for my first road game at Duke, I saw that every player was carrying textbooks or laptops. I coached in the SEC for 25 years, and I had never seen that before, not even once.' - David Cutcliffe to Duke alumni in Washington, DC, June 2013

  5. #245
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest NC
    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Head pattern is definitely Purple Finch
    You guys are right, after enlarging the photo I can see it is a Purple Finch.
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

  6. #246
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    I think we have a consensus! Purple Finch and Gold Finch! I'm here for a week so there may be more pictures to follow...
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  7. #247
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Thomasville, NC
    The third bird is a female purple finch, female house finches lack the head pattern.

  8. #248
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by DUKIECB View Post
    The birds were active around the house yesterday. Some of these were seen at the feeders and others I observed walking my property but here's what I was able to see just yesterday:

    Cardinal
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    Dove
    Goldfinch
    House Finch
    Purple Finch
    Field Sparrow
    Downey Woodpecker
    Red bellied woodpecker
    North Flicker (pair of them)
    Blue Jay
    Golden crowned Kinglet
    Red shouldered hawk
    White Throated sparrow
    Carolina Wren
    Northern Mockingbird

    Loved seeing the pair of Flickers. Beautiful birds.

    On another note, I'm going to have to take out a loan for bird seed it seems. The finches are cleaning me out!
    I wasn't sure what a Flicker was this morning when I read your post, so I looked it up. Very nice! Then, lo and behold, guess what shows up this afternoon! Getting a little dark on that side but still was able to get one decent pic...

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    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  9. #249
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    I wasn't sure what a Flicker was this morning when I read your post, so I looked it up. Very nice! Then, lo and behold, guess what shows up this afternoon! Getting a little dark on that side but still was able to get one decent pic...

    Flicker2.jpg
    our flickers travel in packs, easy to identify when they fly off and reveal their white butt patch.

  10. #250
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest NC
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    our flickers travel in packs, easy to identify when they fly off and reveal their white butt patch.
    Exactly! For years I kept seeing this bird with a white patch on its rump fly away from me while hiking and never knew what it was until someone finally told me it was a Flicker. I thought I had only seen a few in my life but little did I know I had already seen dozens of them.
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

  11. #251
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    I wasn't sure what a Flicker was this morning when I read your post, so I looked it up. Very nice! Then, lo and behold, guess what shows up this afternoon! Getting a little dark on that side but still was able to get one decent pic...

    Flicker2.jpg
    Are we allowed to post flick pics here?

    Figured it was against DBR rules!

  12. #252
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    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    our flickers travel in packs, easy to identify when they fly off and reveal their white butt patch.
    I didn't notice when this one flew off. I'll have to keep an eye out.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  13. #253
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    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Are we allowed to post flick pics here?

    Figured it was against DBR rules!
    None of the rules apply to the bird-feeding thread!
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  14. #254
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Are we allowed to post flick pics here?

    Figured it was against DBR rules!
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    None of the rules apply to the bird-feeding thread!
    You can even post boobies here.

  15. #255
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    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    You can even post boobies here.
    We set you up perfectly for that one!
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  16. #256
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    We set you up perfectly for that one!
    Right...how am I supposed to resist that?!
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  17. #257
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    You can even post boobies here.
    Hey, I've seen some of those*! Someone beat you to the bunch and was talking about titmice (titmouses?) upthread. Vulgar.


    *Yes, the birds!

  18. #258
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Brooklet, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    You can even post boobies here.
    And great tits!

  19. #259
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by jacone21 View Post
    But little Pewees.

  20. #260
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    OK, another question.

    I have two pair of Eastern Bluebirds that will swing by about once/twice a day. But they don't go to my feeder. There are a couple of bushes/shrubs on the opposite side of the house that they stop in for a few minutes and then jet.

    Do they normally avoid feeders? Or do I not have the proper food to entice them? Do they not like the crowds?

    Thanks in advance...
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

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