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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.
Sue Wetmore

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On Feb 2, 2011, at 8:39 AM, MARIE HEMEON <[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).