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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday - Raspberry Dipped




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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 .

17 comments:

mick said...

Dipped in raspberry juice seems like a perfect description to me. Beautiful color. Great photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beauty! How lovely to have them in your yard!!!

Carletta said...

He is a handsome one!
Lovely mosaic Faye!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh he is so wonderful - and fabulous shots of him too.

Carole M. said...

he really is a beautiful bird Faye; lovely photos, how could you not?

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Lovely little bird and how wonderful it came to your feeding area. Loved the books description of this bird. Perfect.

eileeninmd said...

He is a pretty one, great shots and a nice visitor!

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's beautiful! I love the description, it's perfect.

Jan n Jer said...

Love that description...cute Nice capture Faye!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Raspberry dipped is a perfect way to describe him! He is a handsome fella. Great mosaic.

HansHB said...

Lovely WBW post!

mick said...

Hi again Faye, thanks for your comment on my blog - I'm never sure if I should post an answer to questions right there or come over to the other blog - yours in this case! Yes we do have flu shots in my country - and No! I haven't had one this year :-(

TexWisGirl said...

definitely a bright one! pretty guy!

Brian King said...

We usually get lots of finches during the winter. Wonderful photos!

Weekend-Windup said...

Bird looks beautiful with nice color...

Dave said...

Its a super species, lovely looking bird, well captured

EG CameraGirl said...

So colourful! Male purple finches are gorgeous birds.