A Scrapbook of Bird Identifications - feeder birds

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American Goldfinch

female, winter plumage (buffy wing bar)

male, winter plumage (white wing bar)

male (left) and female, summer plumage
Black-capped Chickadee

essentially indistinguishable from Caroline Chickadee except by range (taken in Michigan); chick-a-dee-dee... is an alarm call; more dees = greater threat
Carolina Chickadee

range is lower midwest and southeast; otherwise almost impossible to distinguish from Black-capped; chick-a-dee-dee... is an alarm call; more dees = greater threat
House Finch

male; red head and breast, gray-brown flank streaks

female; plain head, grayish-brown with indistinct streaks on pale breast and belly

orange variant
House Sparrow

male; gray crown, brown stripey back, black on face and under yellowish bill
Pine Siskin

female (heavily streaked finch with yellowish wing bar)
Tufted Titmouse

most common titmouse in eastern half of US; gray back and crest, black forehead, orange flanks; often gives high-pitched alarm call when strangers are near


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