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Purple Finch at Walnut Canyon Ponds - Tom Linda - 9 Jan 2018

I found a likely Purple Finch at the south waterfall today, drinking with a group of Cassin's Finch.

The bird was noticably darker and chunky with a brownish streaked back, dingy white breast and belly,  with dark, thick streaking extending to a white undertail.  The head was peaked with a thick neck, dull white surrounding a dark auricular.  The  bill was conical.  It stuck out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately, because the wind had dust flying everywhere, I left my camera in my car.

I was able to watch the bird from 20 feet for about a minute, and I'm highly confident this was a purple finch, having seen many in my life and having so many examples of House and Cassin's Finch around for comparison.

I only wish I had my camera with me and hopefully it will be seen again.
Tom


RE: Purple Finch at Walnut Canyon Ponds - jawilder - 9 Jan 2018

Somebody get a picture!


RE: Purple Finch at Walnut Canyon Ponds - jawilder - 9 Jan 2018

I stopped by the ponds after work. A female Cassin's Finch was right at the waterfall when I arrived, and all the other finches I saw were House Finch. A Cedar Waxwing stopped in as well. A "Richardson's" Cackling Goose continues across from FAC near the golf course pond.

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Jason
Flagstaff, AZ


RE: Purple Finch at Walnut Canyon Ponds - Tom Linda - 20 Jan 2018

Jason Wilder started a lively email conversation with a few of us regarding Carpodacus finches, along with a photo quiz.

As a result, I'm removing my PUFI report and paying more attention to detail with this difficult group.

Thanks for the fun Jason!
Tom


RE: Purple Finch at Walnut Canyon Ponds - jawilder - 20 Jan 2018

As Tom mentioned, going through photos online made me fairly certain that I need to do some work on my Carpodacus finches - especially the females! As a result, I deleted from eBird a sight record of mine from 2011 of a silent female-type bird that I identified at the time as Purple Finch. That ID definitely might be correct, but I'd like to be more sure.

Jason