Readers Please Help

by Susan
(Southern British Columbia)

Purple Finches

My husband set up a motion-sensitive camera by one of our bird feeders. As the photos show we have lots of goldfinches and purple finches at this feeder. As I was going through the hundreds of photos, suddenly there was a shot of a bird that has me baffled. It has a red crown, black beak and throat, with white around the eye and breast.

Can anyone tell me what the bird is in the first photo?

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May 31, 2011
English sparrow
by: Anonymous

Hi Susan,
I think it is an English sparrow. I have lots of them


May 31, 2011
Mystery Bird
by: Judy-Seattle

Susan, your mystery bird looks very familiar to me. But then I don't recall seeing one in my yard. I remember it from my childhood growing up in New Jersey. You'll laugh at my suggestion, but I think it is a male English House Sparrow.

Look at the pictures on this website: Also note that the map doesn't show it to be in the Seattle area or south-western B.C.

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