House finch on steroids?



I tossed out a cup of seed this morning onto the patio and I am used to seeing the usual finches but this morning they were accompanied by what looks like a female, but she is at least twice or three times the size of the males. Since it is February, I don't think it is a baby of some sort. There were no parents around that I could see. The males were not afraid of this bird. I took lots of photos from different angles to check the markings. Any idea of this oddity? I have lived here 6 years in East Texas and I have never seen this bird before. Not this size anyway.

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Sep 16, 2013
female grosbeak? NEW
by: Anonymous

It looks like a female grosbeak to me.

Mar 11, 2013
Thank You NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank You - I enjoy all the comments. She came back a few times, then left and came back with a group of black birds. One thing for sure, she is well fed , watered and she is happy!

Mar 11, 2013
Not a redwing blackbird NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't see any red wing blackbirds in this photo female or male. I see house sparows and a some kind of larger finch. I assume it is the larger bird you want ot identify. Red wing blackbirds hang in or near marshy areas not on patios or birfeeders.

Mar 11, 2013
Not a redwing blackbird NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't see any red wing blackbirds in this photo female or male. I see house sparows and a some kind of larger finch. I assume it is the larger bird you want ot identify. Red wing blackbirds hang in or near marshy areas not on patios or birfeeders.

Feb 28, 2013
House Finch on steroids? NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank You! Gee its good to talk to smart birders! I appreciate all the feedback - I am learning as I go I guess! I just love photographing them every day and watching for the unusual to pop up in my yard - and this little bird was very different to me! Its good to know what type of bird she is! Thanks!


Feb 28, 2013
usually in flock but not always NEW
by: GaryE

Good question!

I do not see red winged blackbirds often (usually only 5 or 8 times a year in my backyard). Yes they usually appear in flocks but I do see them just one or two at a time occasionally.

I usually see singles about twice a year and groups/flocks of less than five 2 or 3 times a year.

Another thing to consider is that for some reason they seam to like house finches (at least the ones that I see in the winter). A few days ago I had a flock of about 10 - 15 red wings on the ground at one of my feeders in the morning. About 4 hours later I saw three males perching in the same *HUGE* forsythia bush at the edge of my property. It is very rare to see any bird in that bush other than gold finches and the house finches. Usually as soon as a larger bird comes by they scatter. But they were hanging out in the bush with the red wings for at least 45 minutes or so.

My point is that maybe they like hanging out with the house finches enough to be without other red wings.

Feb 27, 2013
House Finch on steroids? NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you taking the time to help me ID her! I haven't seen her again. Also, she was all alone, no other birds around. I have been watching for her to come back.

Feb 27, 2013
House Finch on steroids? NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your help! I guess I do have another question. Blackbirds are usually in a flock aren't they? This little bird was solo. Maybe the females solo until Spring?

Feb 27, 2013
Femal Red winged blackbird for sure NEW
by: GaryE

As the previous poster said that is clearly a female red winged blackbird.

Check out this link and scroll down. You will see it looks exactly like your bird.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id

Feb 26, 2013
Bird ID NEW
by: AuntGiki

Female red-wing??

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