Sunday, April 24, 2011

Purple Finch

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) (4 of 8).jpg
Carpodacus purpureus

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) (6 of 8).jpg

On the morning of April 18, this finch landed on the window thermometer outside the window. Because it was red, I simply assumed it was a redpoll. It wasn't until that night that I thought a few things odd about it: its bill was strange, and the redcap was not there. I looked in my books and found that I had my first purple finch in the camera. It was exciting!

The finch posed for me at the window. He knew I was there. I even walked across the room to get the camera and he stayed in place. It wasn't until the cats saw him that there was a problem. Zorro jumped onto the table in the window and began chattering the way cats do. Then he rose on his haunches. That's when the finch attacked the cat — he rose off the thermometer and beat his wings on the window. Zorro got so excited that he nearly went through the window. But the finch left, Zorro calmed down and I had my photos.

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) (7 of 8).jpg

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) (9 of 8).jpg


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