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Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby minime » March 18th, 2012, 2:45 pm

We have been trying to ID this guy and he doesn't show up in either of my Houston bird identifiers.

He obligingly showed up the moment I set my tripod down and aimed so I fired away - sorry that the pics aren't as sharp as they should be.

The colored patches are actually a striking metallic orange, not as red as they appear in the photos.

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This shot comes closest to capturing the color:
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Again I'm not submitting these as quality bird pics, but if anyone has suggestions on how I might get a shot of them on something other than the bird feeder, I'll appreciate any tips I can get. I was using a 400mm f5.6 L from perhaps 35 feet away. (Naturally when I tried to get a bit closer they decided they had had enough to eat and refused to come back).
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby gottaknow » March 18th, 2012, 2:55 pm

I believe those are house finches.

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Shade of Knucklehead » March 18th, 2012, 2:56 pm

Its a vampire sparrow, the red is blood from its latest kills.

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Shade of Knucklehead » March 18th, 2012, 2:58 pm

You notice how it has a higher intelligence quotient than the other one? Instead of being satisfied to eat out of the holes its trying to unscrew the top so it can bath in the glory that is seed. I say again. RUN!
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby minime » March 18th, 2012, 3:00 pm

gottaknow wrote:I believe those are house finches.

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Yup, I googled house finches and that looks like our boy. Thanks Eric!
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby minime » March 18th, 2012, 3:02 pm

And no, they aren't blood or meat eaters Bryan! :x

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby gottaknow » March 18th, 2012, 3:03 pm

minime wrote:
gottaknow wrote:I believe those are house finches.

Regards, Eric


Yup, I googled house finches and that looks like our boy. Thanks Eric!

If you want to attract more finches (gold finches too) put up a thistle feeder.

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby minime » March 18th, 2012, 3:07 pm

They are not native to this area, so no surprise they aren't in my guides. Here is an interesting article about their expansion:

http://www.chron.com/life/article/House-finches-find-a-home-in-Texas-2078888.php
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby minime » March 18th, 2012, 3:12 pm

gottaknow wrote:
minime wrote:
gottaknow wrote:I believe those are house finches.

Regards, Eric


Yup, I googled house finches and that looks like our boy. Thanks Eric!

If you want to attract more finches (gold finches too) put up a thistle feeder.

Regards, Eric


I think we'll do that. My mom has one and reports seeing gold finches sometimes.
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Anemone of the State » March 18th, 2012, 3:28 pm

minime wrote:They are not native to this area, so no surprise they aren't in my guides. Here is an interesting article about their expansion:

http://www.chron.com/life/article/House-finches-find-a-home-in-Texas-2078888.php



They are expanding their range. A small population was introduced from the West in Washington DC, and the East Coast population has been expanding ever since, and it has now merged with the West population.
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby gottaknow » March 18th, 2012, 3:35 pm

A male house finch is on my list of bird drawings to do. Here's a drawing I did of an American gold finch for my mom. If you can get a good hi res close up, I'd use it for my master if you didn't mind.

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Bucolic Buffalo » March 18th, 2012, 4:16 pm

House finches. "SIGH!" Cathy is always giving me heck for "LETTING" those birds nest on our porch. I work 5 days a week and they can build a nest in a few hours. Nice song. I kinda like having them around and she knows it. :P :P :P
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby gottaknow » March 18th, 2012, 4:31 pm

Bucolic Buffalo wrote:House finches. "SIGH!" Cathy is always giving me heck for "LETTING" those birds nest on our porch. I work 5 days a week and they can build a nest in a few hours. Nice song. I kinda like having them around and she knows it. :P :P :P

:lol: Reminds me a few years ago my mom loved the idea of a robin building a nest in some ivy close to their house. Right up until she went out one morning to find a 3' bull snake lurking under the nest. :lol:

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Guy » March 18th, 2012, 5:23 pm

We get a lot of Finches. The Goldfinches are not in color yet though.
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Matt_ » March 18th, 2012, 5:25 pm

Nice drawing Eric!
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby gottaknow » March 18th, 2012, 5:36 pm

Matt_ wrote:Nice drawing Eric!

Thanks Matt, I've done several Prismacolor bird drawings. I enjoy them a lot and am always looking for stock pictures. That one is 11x14 and took about 20 hours. It hangs in moms kitchen. She's got a large pink dogwood I planted 20 years ago right outside the kitchen window. I've counted more than 20 finches around a large thistle feeder they hang each spring.

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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Louey » March 18th, 2012, 5:51 pm

Tip: Ditch the Canon equipment and buy Nikon. :P
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby Shade of Knucklehead » March 18th, 2012, 8:16 pm

minime wrote:And no, they aren't blood or meat eaters Bryan! :x

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Well, don't say I didn't warn you when you wake up in the middle of the night with one chewing through your neck....
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby tangirl » March 18th, 2012, 11:58 pm

gottaknow wrote:
minime wrote:
gottaknow wrote:I believe those are house finches.

Regards, Eric


Yup, I googled house finches and that looks like our boy. Thanks Eric!

If you want to attract more finches (gold finches too) put up a thistle feeder.

Regards, Eric

+1

And nobody else likes thistle (aka nyjer) seed, so it's all for the finches.
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Re: Bird ID help! Sparrow(?) with orange on head

Postby minime » March 19th, 2012, 8:36 am

Louey wrote:Tip: Ditch the Canon equipment and buy Nikon. :P


I wanted to get the new Canon full-frame camera when it came out this year, had been looking forward to it. Turns out it's insanely expensive. :x

I still want to get a more up-to-date body (I have a 40D) before our eclipse-chasing trip to Australia this fall, but it doesn't look good.
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