dimitrig Posted April 21, 2021 Share Posted April 21, 2021 I have lots and lots of House Finches here. When I saw this guy he immediately stood out, mainly because he doesn't have any streaking on his breast like most House Finches. So my immediate thought was Purple Finch. However, he's doesn't have as much coloration as what I would expect a Purple Finch to have. This ID has been bugging me and today I saw someone in my area report that there are more Cassin's Finches at lower elevations than usual - presumably due to the wildfires in the mountains destroying habitat. There have definitely been more Mountain Chickadees here than I have seen since the LAST fire. Poring over photos, I am thinking this may be a Cassin's mainly because of the absence of any streaking on the breast. If this is a Cassin's it would be my first, but if it is just a House Finch I can live with that. I don't think so, though. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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