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Old 18th of March 2012 (Sun)   #1
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Default Bird ID help - sparrow? with orange on head

Hi bird amigos - we have been trying to identify this bird and you folks are the best resource I know of.

He obligingly showed up the moment I set my tripod down and aimed so I fired away - sorry that the pics aren't as sharp as they should be.

The colored patches are actually a striking metallic orange, not as red as they appear in the photos.

This is in southeast Texas BTW:



This shot comes closest to capturing the color:




Again I'm not submitting these as quality bird pics, but if anyone has suggestions on how I might get a shot of them on something other than the bird feeder, I'll appreciate any tips I can get. I was using a 400mm f5.6 L from perhaps 35 feet away.
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Well I now have a tentative ID, that they are House Finches. A quick google of "house finch" seems to confirm this...
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Default Re: Bird ID help - sparrow? with orange on head

They look like Redpolls or Lesser Redpolls.although not 100% on this .
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Default Re: Bird ID help - sparrow? with orange on head

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Well I now have a tentative ID, that they are House Finches. A quick google of "house finch" seems to confirm this...
They look a great deal like our House Finches.
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Default Re: Bird ID help - sparrow? with orange on head

The bird on the left is a male House Finch while the bird on the right is a female House Sparrow.
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The bird on the left is a male House Finch while the bird on the right is a female House Sparrow.
Brad, I think you nailed it!
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