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Old May 27th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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A purple finch waits patiently in the net while Augie removes another nearby.

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I learned something new about purple finches. Birds less than two years of age all look like females!! It isn't until their second spring (at the beginning of their third year since they're hatched in late spring) that the males begin putting on that raspberry coloration. So this bird is aged as "after second year" since he's already got that bright pink:

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While this one could be either a female or a male in its first or second year:

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