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Molly E. Baldwin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2007
 

What kind of bird is this?


 
  Bird on the feeder
Bird on the feeder
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This really isn't that great of a shot, but my mom and I were just wondering if anyone knew what kind of bird this was. Here it is sitting on our feeder:


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12/19/2007 11:17:12 AM

 
W.   
I'd say it is a kind of finch. And, afaik, there are many dozens, if not hundreds, of varieties of finches. But I'm not an ornithologist.

However, it would make more sense to ask this question on an ornithology forum than on a photography board....


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12/19/2007 11:25:57 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Male chickadee.


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12/19/2007 11:36:51 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Do you think they ask questions about taking pictures of birds on an ornithology forum?


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12/19/2007 11:39:42 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  My vote is house sparrow. Knowing the geographic location would help.


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12/19/2007 12:02:51 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  oops. Not house sparrow. House sparrow has that black face, but gray top of the head and brown sides. This bird has red/brown crown. Some other kind of sparrow. ;-)


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12/19/2007 12:06:25 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  The crown is disconnected from the cheeks and is brown. Chickadee is more connected with crown to cheek. It looks more like a female or inmature house sparrow. The crown and cheeks match up better for that.

Ray


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12/19/2007 12:18:22 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Male sparrow.


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12/19/2007 12:27:29 PM

 
Molly E. Baldwin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2007
  To answer your question, Jon, we are in central New York. I just posted it on here because I would probably have to join an ornithology website in order to post on their forum. I'm not really that into birds to take the time to do that. I was just wondering because I know some people on here are avid bird watchers as well as photographers. It was just out of curiosity, and I figured maybe someone here would know. Thanks for all of your input everybody!


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12/19/2007 12:38:10 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
 
Raymond's got it, it's an immature sparrow. I'd speculate it had to be taken in spring to early summer..
If you have taken this recently, then it won't be immature anything.


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12/19/2007 3:32:42 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
 
..small correction, it's a tree sparrow.


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12/19/2007 4:03:07 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Hmmm...

Nobi the brown crown as depicted in this image does not reach the eyes as a tree sparrow's would. This bird has a white brow before the crown and is lacking the distinctive black spot on the cheeks which would be characteristic of the Euraision Tree Sparrow.

Do you think this might be an immature tree sparrow? I can't find the characteristics of the immature tree sparrow.

Ray


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12/19/2007 4:18:59 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Common Redpoll (in winter color)

Raymond, I looked at those characteristics. I do agree that they do not match those of any sparrow family.

So, I decided to look this up further... and I came up with, "Common Redpoll". This species are not likely seen down south and I have not heard nor I've never seen one, but those characteristics; the red cap and black chin, brown stripes, seem to match those of Common Redpoll.
What do you think?


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12/19/2007 7:13:10 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Yes, I concur! The stripes match and upon closer examination of the photo the crown is red and not the brown I was mistaking it for. Also the bird's rather plump appearance is a much better fit than the sparrow. The yellow bill and the black mask not connecting to the crown is also a good match.

I think you've got it!

Ray


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12/19/2007 9:43:21 PM

 
Molly E. Baldwin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2007
  Thank you so much for finding this out Nobi and Raymond! My mother was very excited that a bird she's never heard of was on her feeder. I looked up images of the Common Redpoll, and I do have to agree. Once again thank you for taking the time to answer my question! Have a great day!


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12/20/2007 12:31:13 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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Nobi wins his choice of Hasselhoff posters


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12/20/2007 12:40:19 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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12/21/2007 8:13:46 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Konichiwa


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12/21/2007 12:15:33 PM

 
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