I agree but, they can be more difficult. I was just attempting to make it as easy as possible to start with.
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From: Sue Wetmore<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 8:51 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Re finches
You also might note the head of a purple finch is bulkier, the color washes over head, neck, breast and rump. Weak blurry streaks on flanks as well.
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On Feb 2, 2011, at 8:39 AM, MARIE HEMEON <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> Hi, personally, I find the females to be much easier than the males to ID for those just starting out. The bold facial pattern is much more noticeable in females than males. Once you get good with them focus on the males and they will get easier too. I did see 1 male purple finch in your area a couple of weeks ago so don't be too quick to dismiss your sightings. Kevin (not Marie).