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I didn't add any camera affects... he let me walk right up to him then flew away after I was only a foot away.
Looks like is a male American goldfinch in winterhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Americ...
I agree the colors are dark but I do think it is still a gold finch. I have a ton of them in my backyard. They change colors throughout the year. This one might be in the process of changing.
I don't either! The strange tail coloration is really throwing me off... did it actually look purple-blue or is it a camera artifact? If it wasn't for that I'd be inclined to say American goldfinch, but it looks a little off even for that.
Come on you good birders, I really do not recognize this.
Spotted on Mar 4, 2011 Submitted on Mar 4, 2011