Quiz kindly prepared by Henry M.
A very red and smallish looking bird. Note the bill shape and size, color and patterns. Good luck!
Answer will be displayed on December 1.
This bird’s size is quite small, with a short conical bill, so it is either a sparrow, or a finch. There are very few red-faced sparrows in California, except a possible Fox Sparrow. This bird has a pale belly, so it is not a Fox Sparrow or any type of sparrow. So, it must be a finch. There are 3 red finches: Purple, Cassin’s, and House Finch. A Cassin’s Finch’s face doesn’t have red that goes down as far as this bird. So now, it is either a Purple or House Finch. A House Finch has streaks on the chest, which this bird doesn’t have. Therefore, this is a Purple Finch.
Congratulations to Thomas L and Lily for figuring out Purple Finch!