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3 hours ago, HamRHead said:

Photo 1.

Brewer's Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Photo 2.

Purple finch

Red-winged Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird (below the finch)

Photo 3.

Red-winged Blackbird

Photo 4 

Savannah Sparrow

Wait for a second opinion.

 

I agree with all the IDs, except for Photo 2. I think we have a female cowbird here, not a finch.

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23 minutes ago, PascalNJ said:

I agree with all the IDs, except for Photo 2. I think we have a female cowbird here, not a finch.

You might be right but Is there not a hint of color right under the wing? Looks slightly purple to me but it could be my imagination.

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43 minutes ago, HamRHead said:

You might be right but Is there not a hint of color right under the wing? Looks slightly purple to me but it could be my imagination.

That's not what I'm seeing here. I'm not saying it's your imagination ... it could be mine :classic_biggrin: but this bird looks like an icterid to me, not a finch.

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1 hour ago, PascalNJ said:

I agree with all the IDs, except for Photo 2. I think we have a female cowbird here, not a finch.

 

37 minutes ago, guy_incognito said:

That's a Brown-headed Cowbird, not a Purple Finch.

 

32 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Too  much belly streaking for a Purple, and the streaking is too faint for a House Finch.  The bill is too dark for either of those.  A female Purple would show more of an eyestripe, almost as much as the RWBL in the same photo.

 

20 minutes ago, PascalNJ said:

That's not what I'm seeing here. I'm not saying it's your imagination ... it could be mine :classic_biggrin: but this bird looks like an icterid to me, not a finch.

Thanks all. Cowbird it is.

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