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Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: March 21, 2020 05:40PM
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... are these just common sparrows or wrens?

... I occasionally get visitors of this sort, but most commonly what I've gotten is a mating pair of mourning doves.




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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: archipirata
Date: March 21, 2020 05:46PM
Not an ornithologist but looks like a purple finch to me.





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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: hal
Date: March 21, 2020 05:48PM
Not an ornithologist, but it's NOT a wren
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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: March 21, 2020 05:49PM
Really? The body looks to be grayish or brownish, with a reddish throat. I tried using this website but got nowhere: [www.whatbird.com]




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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: DP
Date: March 21, 2020 05:50PM
Maybe a House Finch. The red doesn't go as far down the breast as on a Purple Finch. It's a bit hard to see tho...





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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: March 21, 2020 05:54PM
Adult male house finch.
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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 21, 2020 05:55PM
Wrong bill shape for a wren. My first impression is that it looked like a sparrow, but I can’t see the markings well enough to properly I.D.


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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: March 21, 2020 06:06PM
Yep I would have said house finch too, but the red looked like it was really limited to the throat, with not much on the head.

Very pretty and nice song. I'm guessing these guys were looking for somewhere to nest...? But I wouldn't have expected them to do it in groups ... I could at least three of them in one video.




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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 21, 2020 07:19PM




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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: pdq
Date: March 22, 2020 09:08AM
I second purple finch (which are mis-named; they’re red (in parts), not purple, but whatever).
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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: Acer
Date: March 22, 2020 11:47AM
If in doubt, I'd go house finch.

In these parts, house finches are much more likely to set up residence so close to human habitation than a purple finch. They are a very common suburban bird.

Per Cornell: "Look for Purple Finch nests far out on the limb of a coniferous tree or, particularly to the south of its breeding range, in deciduous trees such as oaks, maples, and cherries. Occasionally nests in shrubs or among vine tangles."[www.allaboutbirds.org]

House finches can look quite purple (OK, wine-red, not purple-purple), but still more subdued than a true purple finch. Is the breast streaky, particularly toward the belly? More likely a house finch. Purple finches tend to have color that is more solid.



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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 22, 2020 01:08PM
....does this make you feel....'orny........does it....????



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Re: Any ornithologists in the house?
Posted by: Wags
Date: March 22, 2020 03:54PM
Here's a house finch sitting on my fence. Looks right.

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