Friday, March 20, 2009

Purple Finch at Rockwood

Whoops...did it again. Was not ready for this to post. Took these photos, but was not sure what I had.
So I sent the first 4 photos to Hap from New Hope for help in the id.
Hap suggested I send the same photos to Cornell University.
I did and they answered me this afternoon that the bird is a Purple Finch.
I was so glad....another new one on my lifer list.
Here is the link I viewed before sending the photos.
I felt fairly confident about it being a Purple Finch but still was not sure.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/finchIDtable.html

Notice the Brown Headed Nuthatch is even trying to check out this new bird to 'his' feeder.
I never even thought I would hear back from Cornell,
so I am pretty excited about this really being a Purple Finch.
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12 comments:

Mildred said...

What sweet pictures.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wonderful addition to your list.
Blessings,Ruth

ivars krafts said...

Great pictures Leedra; how exciting for you! Although they are supposed to be where I live in Minnesota, I haven't seen any at my feeders.

Jen said...

This is great! Love the nuthatch peeking over at the finch. ha!
I have that same blue feeder, it is the one that the chickadees think is a seed bell and all they do is peck at the clear plastic case trying to get the seeds. So funny to watch them.
Thanks for the tip about Cornell, glad they were responsive to you.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Man---you got some wonderful pictures of the Purple Finch. He's gorgeous--and he really is a 'raspberry' color. I compared mine with yours--and I think mine is just a House Finch..

Glad you found out. He is gorgeous.
Hugs,
Betsy

Susie said...

Oh I love the picture of the Nuthatch checking out the finch. That is so cute!

Mary C said...

Great sequence of photos, Leedra. I'm so glad you added a lifer to your list.

George said...

Congratulations on seeing a Purple Finch. We haven't spotted one so far.

Rose said...

I have not seen a brown-headed nuthatch....so you have shown me something new.

Shellmo said...

Your purple finch definitely has a darker shade than I"m used to seeing on my purple finches. Still a handsome guy!

Mary said...

Congrats on the Purple Finch! I don't see them very often. And I've never seen a brown headed nuthatch...wow. I looked back at the other photos of it you have ,too. Wonderful!

Pam said...

Great photos. The purple finch is absolutely gorgeous.

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