Thread: The TJTwitter
View Single Post
  #1033  
Old March 28th, 2012, 10:26 AM
hazelrunpack's Avatar
hazelrunpack hazelrunpack is offline
The Pack's Head Servant
Chopper Challenge Champion, Mini KickUps Champion, Bugz Champion, Snakeman Steve Champion, Shape Game Champion, Mumu Champion, Mouse Race Champion
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Just east of the Hazelnut Patch, Wisconsin
Posts: 49,955
Pine siskins are moving through right now:

Name:  Pine siskin 3-14-12 B.jpg
Views: 37
Size:  71.4 KB

Name:  Pine siskin 3-18-12 A.jpg
Views: 38
Size:  55.7 KB

Lots of purple finches this winter, too. It's very hard to determine an age and sometimes even gender on a purple finch. If you see a brown striped one, you can't tell if it's a fem or if it's a young male, since young males look like females until their second year. If you see a raspberry colored purple finch, it's a male sometime after its second year. Occasionally, though, you can fairly precisely determine age. This male was born two springs ago and is just starting to make the change from brown motley to raspberry glory:

Name:  Purple finch, 2-yr-old male 3-4-12 B.jpg
Views: 35
Size:  69.3 KB
__________________
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."

"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Reply With Quote