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First time visitor to the deck railing feeding station a few days ago. He only showed up once and was flying solo. As far as ID, I'm going with male Purple Finch. One bird book said that the male looked like he had been dipped in raspberry juice! I can see that in these photos which have not been color edited at all. The purple finch is similar to the male house finch, but its coloring is more crimson, compared to the orange-red of the house finch. The purple finch has a notched tail (see the photo of him on the grass stem) while the house finch has a longer squared tail. Migrates through Kentucky looking for food as it gets colder. Has a liking for the black oil sunflower seeds that are offered on the Summit Musings bird buffet!
Here are a few other shots of the raspberry dipped beauty. Hope to see more of them this winter.
Linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday .