MORE SNOWY BIRDS – Marilyn Armstrong

The red finches (House Finch) are back. I’ve heard them called both Red Finches and House Finches and be interested to know if both are accurate or red is just one of many colors for the House Finch.

Regardless, they are back. There were a couple of them a few weeks ago and quite a gaggle of them now. Can finches be gaggled?

I’m still in a ridiculous battle to get some more pictures of the cardinal. He comes by every day. I see him, head for the camera and he is gone when I turn around. It’s definitely personal!

This is a Purple Finch even though he isn’t purple.
Junco and a House Finch. I looked them up. The one in the earlier picture is a different bird. Red Head notwithstanding, this is probably a regular House Finch.

And then, there are woodpeckers. We live in the woods, so I don’t know why I’m surprised we have so many woodpeckers.

Lots of trees. Lots of woodpeckers.

By size, I THINK this is a Downy Woodpecker, but it can be very hard to tell.
And a feathery farewell.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

9 thoughts on “MORE SNOWY BIRDS – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Your red finch is a Purple Finch. A house finch’s red coloration is different, and they don’t have a fork in tail. And they are two different birds, not interchangeable. Weird that a Purple Finch is red, but that’s what someone decided it should be called. And Purple finch has likely always been there. I’ve noticed mine getting the red back slowly over the past month. They’re very drab in wintertime.


        1. Be even MORE confused. It would seem that the red finch is actually a purple finch because the title “red finch” was already taken. Yes, the bird is not purple but red. But — let’s not let logic get in the way.


      1. Yes. Whoever was in charge of naming Purple Finch was either making a cruel joke on the colorblind, or attempting to confuse us old birdwatchers. Take yer pick. And there’s no bird with the “official” name of Red Finch. Either Purple Finch or House FInch surely could have been aptly named.


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