Friday, March 19, 2010

Purple Finch

The Purple Finch is one of my occasional backyard birds. They are suppose to be a winter bird for me, even though it seems I see them other times too. It is a treat to see these colorful birds. My field guide says they are wine and rose in color, I like to call it raspberry.  The female is a dull brown with streaked whitish underparts. They feed mostly on seeds and fruits. They seem to favor the Black oil Sunflower seeds.


This shot shows the difference in size compared to the smaller American Goldfinch.



Male and female





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38 comments:

rainfield61 said...

It is one day until spring. Wow! So great!!

And am great to see all these lovely little critters.

Kerri said...

Pretty ~ I have the house finch but no purple finch ~ but I call him a purple finch :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures.The last one is particularly lovey.
Blessings,Ruth

NatureFootstep said...

great photos of them. :)

Monika said...

I love the comparison of the purple finch and goldfinch! I can't believe how much smaller the goldfinch is.

Phil said...

That's a handy looking feeder Eileeen and a good comparison of male and female purple finch.

Diane AZ said...

Pretty birds! We get house finches but not purple finches. Great photos.

diane said...

What an amazing colour. You have so many pretty birds in your yard.

SquirrelQueen said...

What pretty birds they are. I agree that the color looks more like raspberry.

Shey said...

Love birdwatching, these are great photos. Its cool that they landed together & you can compare the contrast of colors. Happy spring!

Müge Tekil said...

What a beautiful colour! I've never seen Purple Finch before! Thank you for sharing these great shots! Have a nice weekend! :-)

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KaHolly said...

We had a pair of Purple Finch stop by our feeder one day last week. They were only passing through. Great shots. Love the comparison picture. ~karen

dAwN said...

Great purply photos..I especially like the size comparison!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I had no idea that the Golden Finches were so much smaller than the Purple Finches. They both have been here this week, but not together like this for comparison~

Squirrel said...

Nice captures Eileen!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wonderful shots! We have the smaller, redder house finches here.

Joops said...

Lovely birds!

Take a peek at the critter on my page.

Naturegirl said...

Eileen thank you for identifying the Purple Finch for me!!I knew it was a male but I assumed it was the female of the Yellow American Finch!
You've cleared that up for me...Yeah I had a Purple Finch land at my feeder!!!! We put out the finch feeder for the American yellow! I patiently wait.
Happy Spring!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: Thanks for letting me see the Purple Finch, they are oh so colorful compared to the House Finch.

eden said...

Nice captures, Eileen. Those birds are beautiful

Carolyn Ford said...

The purple finch is so pretty! How fun to have the gold and purple together! Very nice.

Michael said...

I need to attract more finches. Nice pics.

Mumsy said...

Wow..beautiful birds. Their color is amazing!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Nice! i'm glad the purple finch came to visit you! There was one a few years ago that would sit in my window sill at home - it's one of those windows you push out. he would come and stare into my room , at the screen. I loved that he would hang out there for hours :) Love the pictures, reminds me of that little guy!

Rajesh said...

Very lovely birds. The color contrast in them is outstanding.

Gattina said...

How strange, I have never seen a purple finch !

Stine in Ontario said...

They are such lovely birds, Eileen. I still get them confused with the house finch...although I am learning the difference.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I saw my first Purple Finch, Eileen, when we were in Arkansas. I haven't seen them here. We have SOME House Finches--but mostly Goldfinches.

I think the female Purple Finch looks like a TINY female Red-breasted Grosbeak... Have you seen them before???? They visit us in spring and fall --on their way north for the summer and south for the winter.

Have a great Sunday.
Hugs,
Betsy

happily retired gal said...

I love seeing all the lovely birds that visit you ... so different from the birds I see where I live! That first shot is a great comparison.
Hugs and blessings,
Small Reflections

Coy said...

Like you I only occasionally spot a purple finch but house finches are around all of the time. Nice post & I enjoyed the post on the great falls of the Potomac, perhaps a place I should visit.

NicoleB said...

They are huge and soooo beautiful!
Love that red colour :D

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..these are so pretty!!
About twelve years ago a lady I know gave me what she called a strawberry finch. The mate died so she included a white one. The strawberry colored finch had the most beautiful song I'd ever heard. Later he died (I couldn't pick another one up like it here either). Well I kept looking them up on the internet..even youtube to see about the sound..no luck to what was referred to as the "strawberry" with that sound. I never thought to look up purple. Does this one have an unusual song? Looks so similar.
Beautiful Eileen!!
Regina-

Willard said...

I like how the photos show the difference between the species. An excellent camera critters post.

Larry said...

Nice shots of the Purple Finches Eileen! I especially like the photo of the male and female side by side for comparison. I get a lot of House Finches but occasionally there will be Purple Finches mixed in.

Bob Bushell said...

It is still winter over here!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Cheryl said...

They are truly colorful! I especially like the last photo.

troutbirder said...

They are truly beautiful. You captured them well. The Pine Grosbeaks in our north woods have a slightly darker but similar color.

EcoRover said...

Thanks for posting the virtual birding tour of Costa Rica, as well as the references to related sites. It's wonderful this country has been so successful with "ecotourism" & protecting its native species/habitat.