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2 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Straight and tiny beak? are you seeing the same photos I am? image.png.1d780ab2f1790fa773bc11cc89f5fa75.png

Haha yeah...I meant that the culmen is pretty straight and the bill looks smaller than normal.  Sorry for exaggerating...  It IS molting, so maybe that's why it looks strange to me.

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17 hours ago, birdgurl said:

It may be a young one

If it's a Purple, then it cannot be "a young one." Or, at least, it cannot be <1 year old. Purple and Cassin's finches exhibit delayed plumage maturation (DPM). That is, young males do not attain red color until their second fall. House Finches do NOT exhibit DPM; they get red plumage in their first fall.

15 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Haha yeah...I meant that the culmen is pretty straight and the bill looks smaller than normal.  Sorry for exaggerating...  It IS molting, so maybe that's why it looks strange to me.

Note that we can see the top of the bill in a side view: The bird's head is rotated just enough to obscure the bill shape.

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14 minutes ago, birdgurl said:

So it's a male house finch?

Yes, it is a House Finch.

15 minutes ago, birdgurl said:

I don't know what the letters and abbreviations mean.

 

1 hour ago, Tony Leukering said:

delayed plumage maturation (DPM)

 

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