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(just a) house finch?

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again seen last week in ne michigan

at first i thought house finch. but the noise it was making didnt match up to what im familiar with. sounded more like a chipping sparrow... kinda. but doesnt look like what im used to seeing in that regard either. but it acts like a song sparrow sitting up there in the open just going at it. the lack of streaking on belly/breast and the whiteish throat is throwing me. probably some juvi throwing me.

ideas?

thanks!

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Yes, a female-type Indigo Bunting. That 'chip' note that is somewhere between a Chipping Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Northern Cardinal is distinctive- with practice between the song and this distinctive call note, you can pick out these guys both male and female almost anywhere you go in the eastern US during the summer months!

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17 hours ago, Benjamin said:

Yes, a female-type Indigo Bunting

You need not waffle. This is a female Indigo Bunting. The plumage is much too worn to be that of a juvenile and even one-year-old males would have some significant blue plumage at the photo's "now."

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On 8/5/2020 at 11:58 PM, Benjamin said:

Yes, a female-type Indigo Bunting. That 'chip' note that is somewhere between a Chipping Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Northern Cardinal is distinctive- with practice between the song and this distinctive call note, you can pick out these guys both male and female almost anywhere you go in the eastern US during the summer months!

yes! thanks for that. i just had this issue last month here in nc with female, but i managed to also see a male which helped that id. this time i did not have a male nearby to clue me in.

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