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Valentine Visitor

Uploaded by: llpj04

Thursday February 14, 2013

Ponchatoula, LA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: trying to catch a cardinal and got a special valentine visitor. Maybe a Purple Finch ? Anyone?

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7. trailhiker44
5:44 PM GMT on February 16, 2013
What a lovely Valentine visitor !
Love the color and the lighting !
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6. llpj04
4:31 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
Thanks Mark, Mindi, Betsy, swreader, & Eileen. I think the cornell bird guide also said there is more of a top notch for the purple finch. I thought the words about "dipped in raspberry sauce" was also neat. I think the house finch has more brown feathers too.

As far as the red look I guess the editing made the bird appear more red. You can compare the pics background color with the first upload being more yellow. I uploaded unedited photos for a better look at the color.
I hope he sticks around for a better photo op.
Thanks again all!
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5. YouKnowWho
1:20 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
Yes, the overall raspberry coloring and the shorter tail with the big notch in it point toward this being a Purple Finch.
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4. swreader
3:51 AM GMT on February 15, 2013
I have been checking the Cornell Bird Guide, and I don't think this is a purple finch. I can't tell because of the size and the lack of a back view. Could this be a summer tanager? id

It is a lovely picture, but I don't think it's a finch. I think that it's more likely something in the Cardinal family, and this seems the most likely. What do you think?
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3. luvne32
1:13 AM GMT on February 15, 2013
Hard to tell. Purple Finches definitely are a bit more wine-colored, and I find their head to be slightly larger than the House finch. Maybe the House finch has more speckle on the breast. I must keep a bird book here at my computer!
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10:10 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
I would think so too!! Similar to our House Finches here,only yours have all red!! BEAUTIFUL!!! HAPPY VALENTINES CHARLOTTE!!:)))) HUGS!-Mindi
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1. noneinc
7:39 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
That would be my guess. Much the same as our house finches in the west.
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