February 19 2010

Birds of the Arizona Feeder

I need help identifying

02181023.jpg Ok fans of the bird world, can you help me identify this little bird.  My guess is a female Gold Finch.  I’ve looked on the net but haven’t found a good representative picture identifying the bird.

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5 Responses to “Birds of the Arizona Feeder”

  1. Z from Chicago says:

    After hunting on the internet, I decided to go traditional and look in my Roger Tory Peterson “The Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies” and I think that it must be a female Painted Bunting. The males are really colorful. I double checked on google images. It breeds in the southern part of the U.S. and winters in Panama.


  2. Databrokers says:

    Hi Z, I don’t think so, because this isn’t in the Buntings range. I believe it’s a Lesser Goldfinch: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Lesser_Goldfinch/id

  3. Z from Chicago says:

    Maybe! Here’s a link to pictures from all angles. In your photo the wings are barely seen. Do they look like the ones here?


  4. Databrokers says:

    Yeppers Z, that’s the bird and I’m pretty sure that’s what we are seeing on the feeder.

  5. Z from Chicago says:

    Great. It’s nice to know the birds’ names. It makes it easier than saying things like “that little yellow one”.
    For a while I thought it may be a warbler, but not only was the beak wrong, but the warbler I was thinking of has orange markings.

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