Sunday, April 19, 2009

Do you know?

Happy Sunday!

Just wondering if anyone knows what type of bird this is?

This guy has been visiting my feeders for a few weeks now and EVERYtime Ive tried to take pics something scares him away.

I wait EVERY morning around 8:30 and just yesterday we noticed there were TWO of them!

The red on them is SO pretty and bright. We've searched the web and bird books and can not narrow it down to the right species.

So, if anyone knows it would be great to solve the mystery that has been eating at me for weeks.





10 comments:

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I wish I knew but I don't have any idea. I love his coloring! I hope someone else can tell us.

Have a great Sunday!

hugs, Linda

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

No idea...but very pretty!!!

Dawn said...

I'm pretty sure that is a red male finch. As in most bird species, the male is always to brighter and prettier.Dawn

Karen said...

Oh it's so cute and yes it's a finch - we have lots of them (well, that's what my husband says they are...lol)
Karen
http://mycolonialhome.blogspot.com/

rockriverstitches said...

I have those kind of birds too. They are a purple finch. He's a cute little bird isn't he!

Tammy

Yankee Ridge Primitives said...

OMGOSH - mystery solved!

Thanks MUCH ladies!

It is a purple finch (raspberry finch)

You dont know how BAD it was eating at my trying to find out the species, ha!

I looked them up after Dawns comment and sure enough found a picture of a purple finch and looked just like my backyard visitors.

Have you heard their song? AWESOME!

Thanks again!

Linda said...

yep---it is a purple or house finch---related to the goldfinch. and as already mentioned, the male is the beautiful one. beautiful to catch the female eye but also to distract any living creature away from the female. the female is drab in color so as not to attract attention and therefore provide safer haven for the nestlings. interesting how nature takes care of its weaker species, protecting it from the larger, stronger, more dominate species and insuring its future place in our world.....

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Looks like part cardinal? Very pretty, he can come visit me anytime!

Anonymous said...

I have those too! and I live in southern NY. Their song is beautiful! they sit outside my living room window on my porch and sing so loud I cant hear the TV sometimes. I also just got Gold finches and was soooo excited!! My husband and son think I am crazy because I have become a little obsessed with the birds in my yard, but all winter I kept my feeders full and had quite the array of birds so it made the winter a little more bearable.

Jill from NY

Carrie ~ said...

We have them too, I also have identified it as a housefinch, male. The males have the pretty colors.