Thursday, July 5, 2012
A pair of goldfinches and a purple finch crowd the bird feeder. They are loving the sunflower seeds which they crack with their stubby beaks.
I often get the purple finch confused with rose-breasted grosbeaks. Then I have to get out the bird books and re identify the two. Grosbeaks are plumper than finches and have a triangular rose red patch in the center of the chest. The purple finch isn't really purple, but sort of a raspberry color.
We have a nest of baby chipping sparrows in the climbing rose right beside the kitchen window. Maybe I can get a photo of them before they fledge and leave the nest.
Wanda Hayes Eichler