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Oriole and another- S. WI

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S. WI 8/4. I was wondering if you could tell what oriole it is in the first three photos? The second photo is not in focus (not the bird anyway!), and it's too bad because that's the only one that shows the wing bars ๐Ÿ˜•. There is another bird near the oriole- a house sparrow?

The last photo looks like a cowbird finch to me ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. ?

This was 3-4 pm.

Thank you!





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17 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Oh, and cowbirds aren't finches; they're icteridae, like orioles, blackbirds, and grackles.

Haha, I was actually joking about the cowbird finchย ๐Ÿ˜„. I wasn't sure between purple and house finch, but then Merlin identified it as a brown-headed cowbird which really confused me so I thought I'd throw in the combination for laughs ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. Thank you!

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2 hours ago, Kittipaws said:

I wasn't sure between purple and house finch

On male Purples, the color is dramatically different from House, and it's on the back and wings too.ย  There's also minimal brown streaking on the underside.ย  Female Purples are bit tougher but the facial pattern is much more defined.

When you've seen enough Houses, the Purples are different enough to make you go, 'Wait a minute...'

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