Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 06/05/2014

Photo taken on May 25, 2014

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Barb Castell's property
May Species Count 2014
feeding on ground
SW of Calgary
Purple Finch
Haemorhous purpureus

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Purple Finch

Purple Finch
I believe this is the first Purple Finch that I've ever seen, so despite the fact that this is a really bad photo, I wanted to add it to my Birds of Alberta 9 album.

This colourful little bird was seen through a chain link fence at Barb Castell's property. It gave us just a couple of quick chances for a photo. Taken on 25 May 2014, when a small group of seven of us covered the roads SW of Calgary, and W of Priddis, for the annual May Species Count. Barb has such a great garden with feeders and we look forward each year to visiting her on our count. Evening Grosbeaks are almost a guarantee there, at certain times of the year, so we really appreciate Barb letting us come and see them. Total of 69 bird species were seen on this Count day.

"The Purple Finch is the bird that Roger Tory Peterson famously described as a “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” For many of us, they’re irregular winter visitors to our feeders, although these chunky, big-beaked finches do breed in northern North America and the West Coast. Separating them from House Finches requires a careful look, but the reward is a delicately colored, cleaner version of that red finch. Look for them in forests, too, where you’re likely to hear their warbling song from the highest parts of the trees." From AllAboutBirds.

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Cats 99
He sure stands out beautifully with that red colouring! We have a lot of purple finches around here. My mom gets dozens of them at her bird feeders and in mating season their calls are rather annoying (to me at least). Um, that is not a bad photo by the way...
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