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22 minutes ago, Hulya said:

Ok. I feel so silly 🤪 😖

I guess the SOSP down here in CA look very different than in WA 

@Trevor L. @IvoryBillHope @Totah Sam

Song Sparrows have a great deal geographic variation. This bird you've shared a picture of from southern California looks much paler and rustier than the Song Sparrows we have here in the Bay Area, which are quite dark. Song Sparrows in the deserts of the southwest are even more rusty than this.

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On 1/25/2020 at 1:42 PM, Totah Sam said:

O.o  Purple Finches are the bane of my existence.  70 miles to the north (Durango, Co) they have so many purple finches you can't shake a stick without hitting one. Down here in NW New Mexico?  Nothing. I've been looking for YEARS. >=(

Southwest Colorado does NOT have Purple Finches - the species is rare everywhere in the state, but better known from the eastern border than anywhere.

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About a year ago someone from Durango posted pics of purple finches and was verified by people on here.  I don't know why everyone is up in arms about this.  I merely stated what has been posted here previously. I'm sorry if I've ruffled some feathers.  I'll stick to lurking from here on out.  

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1 hour ago, Totah Sam said:

About a year ago someone from Durango posted pics of purple finches and was verified by people on here.  I don't know why everyone is up in arms about this.  I merely stated what has been posted here previously. I'm sorry if I've ruffled some feathers.  I'll stick to lurking from here on out.  

Sorry if some of us were up in arms - definitely not a reason that you should stop posting though. I think some people were just trying to correct your statement about the prevalence of Purple Finches in Durango, because even if there have been one or two confirmed there, the species still remains very rare anywhere in Colorado. Any post is valuable, so don’t stop posting!

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2 hours ago, Totah Sam said:

About a year ago someone from Durango posted pics of purple finches and was verified by people on here.  I don't know why everyone is up in arms about this.  I merely stated what has been posted here previously. I'm sorry if I've ruffled some feathers.  I'll stick to lurking from here on out.  

Stick around, please.  Please don't regard one discussion as indicative of other discussions, or of the site as a whole.

I haven't seen it here, but I've been on sports and technology sites where I went at it tooth and nail with a poster in one discussion and had the same guy's back in a different one, alternating between fully supporting one position and telling him he was a total idiot for another stance, all within five minutes.  It's just the Internet; don't let it get you.

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I should probably say that my Purple Finch thing was 100% a joke. It was a reference to some post I saw earlier where someone thought a Song Sparrow was a Purple Finch and stuck with it, even when multiple people told her she was wrong. I should have stated it was a joke. If I’ve caused any confusion, I apologize.

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On 1/26/2020 at 5:54 PM, Jerry Friedman said:

Well, there's your problem, Sam.  You'd see lots of Purple Finches if you couldn't tell them from House Finches.

@Totah Sam   

Ditto to all of the above. ... and the way I took it @Jerry Friedman  was paying you a compliment in disguise! Only noobs would be logging purples right and left where there weren't any - hence your coming up empty.  ☺️

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