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Mystery Solved!

Published January 25, 2011
Tags: General Observations, House Finch, juvenile

I've been excited quite a few times lately thinking I may be seeing a new species at our feeders. But I just found out that what I'm seeing is a juvenile male House Finch. He travels along with the finches, so I began to suspect as much. I've seen him several times now and, instead of red, there's a yellow-orange coloring on his breast and head. Audubon's Guide confirmed that it's an immature male.  I've grabbed several photos of him over the last month, so I thought I'd post them in the event anyone else has been confused over this strange coloring.
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Juvenile Male House Finch
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Juvenile Male House Finch
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Juvenile Male House Finch in a windy snow storm
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Juvenile Male House Finch
Reply from: deb at linens lace and lattes on 1/30/2011 8:21 AM
 Thanks so much for the comment on my blog today Sue! I love your blog and hope I can learn more from you about those wonderful little birds which share our property with us. Yesterday we had an unusually warm day here in St. Louis and when I walked outside I heard birds singing. I told my husband "listen - they are singing about spring". A fierce winter storm is heading our way so I was glad I got to hear them if it was only for a moment! Enjoy your day. deb
Reply from: Sue on 1/30/2011 6:29 PM
 Thanks for your comment, Deb. Stay safe from the storm and remember to help feed our little feathered friends during these cold days; you just might save some lives!