by Joyce
(North GA)

Sparrow size

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Jan 31, 2016
Fast moving little birds NEW
by: Anonymous

I saw a large group of very small birds in the trees outside my home in Portland, Oregon. They moved very fast from tree to tree, their wings fluttering like a hummingbird. They are mostly grey with a lot of white and black around their face. They were all over the trees and bushes for a while and then they all left just as suddenly as they appeared. Anyone know the name of this bird?

Jan 31, 2016
Identify NEW
by: John

Glad to be of some help Joyce.

That is the great thing about this site everyone is available to help with birds we might spot at our feeder but may not know exactly what type it is.

The other bird you have described larger than a Chicadee might be a Junco or sometimes called a snow bird as they like wooded areas and are usually dark gray or black on top with a light colored bottom.

You are lucky to be able to have such a large variety of birds at your feeder which makes the hobby of bird watching all the more fun!

Jan 30, 2016
Gold Finch Purple Finch NEW
by: Joyce

Thank You, John!! I live in the woods and get 40-60 birds at the feeders!!

One more looks like a Chickadee but full black back and twice the size?

Jan 30, 2016
Identify NEW
by: John

The bird in the lower corner is an American Goldfinch with its lighter olive/gold winter color.

The bird in the upper corner is either a male red house finch
or could also be a purple finch as both have very similar reddish purple coloration.

Both birds are definitely in the finch family.

Enjoy them both as they are wonderful additions to the
back yard feeder!!

John - Cottage Grove, MN

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