I’ve been continuing to edit my photos from Friday’s hike through the flats at Cary Institute and I just got to my House Finch photo. Above closer examination of the shot, I am beginning to believe it is a Purple Finch instead. Because I have never seen a Purple before, I figured I would ask the masses for their opinion.
I have my reasoning to believe it is a Purple Finch too. The tail has a notch in it, whereas the House Finch’s tail is squared off. The tail also looks a tad short, which is also a characteristic of a Purple Finch. He also is lacking the brown streaky flanks of the House Finch. The only thing that seems off is that my field guide shows much more red on the head and back. Could it be a juvenile? Any and all thoughts would be appreciated!