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the summer and south in the winter.
Because of its size - 7 inches - it easily
could dominate the smaller birds as
it scratches towhee-like at the seeds
below the back steps, but usually this
rusty-tailed sparrow is off by itself,
completely ignoring the juncos, song
sparrows and other ground-feeding
birds.
No. 14 the next day was the gorgeous
male purple finch, his head, breast and
rump a rosy-red more brilliant and
widespread than his close relative the
house finch. But unlike the house finch,
the purple finch belongs in eastern
North America.
The female purple finch, like the
house finch, is a study in brown and
white, but she is chunkier and has a
face patched with dark brown and a
white stripe behind her eye.
"Don't you see?" I frequently ask my
husband, Bruce, when I try to point
out the difference between the two
species. But he doesn't see what seems
so obvious to me.
Then No. 15, an American tree
sparrow, another northern-breeding
species, appears, and Bruce throws up
his hands, muttering something about
"LBJs," better known as "little brown
jobs" among birders in the know who
can distinguish the many similarappearing sparrow species
and other difficult-toidentify birds, such as the
often different colored females.
Unlike the seed-eating
boreal species, tree
sparrows are regulars
at my feeders every
winter. With
its rusty-red
head and
black dot on
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its white breast, it's an easy sparrow for
me to identify.
Numbers continued to increase day
by day and the sixteenth species, on
Nov. 6, was a sharp-shinned hawk. On
that day it didn't catch a meal because
all the birds heeded the chickadee's
warning call and fled.
On Nov. 7 a blue jay and a mourning
dove joined the feeder birds while the
male purple finch continued to hang
around. Already, I was anticipating an
excellent FeederWatch count.
But the weather warmed up, and
it was a true Indian summer day. The
second day was too. As a consequence,
both the numbers and species were
low - two white-breasted nuthatches,
five American goldfinches, three tufted
titmice, two black-capped chickadees,
12 house finches (one with eye disease),
two red-bellied woodpeckers, three
dark-eyed juncos, one song sparrow,
one cardinal, and one purple finch. At
least I had gotten a purple finch, but
on Nov. 11 it was a male and Nov. 12
a female, yet, according to the rules,
I could count only one purple finch.
The same was true for the northern
cardinals.
The thinking is that since the male

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