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We've had two pairs (or one family, can't quite tell,) of Purple Finches at our feeders for a couple of months now. Haven't ever noticed them before, and they are pretty.

They especially seem to like the black oil sunflower, but will occasionally visit the feeder containing mixed seed. Sometimes will also peck at the suet/dough feeders.

I noticed they'll sit and eat for quite a while, commandeering a feeder for minutes at a time. (Although typically only a singular bird.) Not like the chickadees, who flit about, taking one seed and flying off to open and eat it.

And the finches will sit near the same feeder, but not at the same time, as the woodpeckers. Rather solitary, I guess.


Earlier this morning, had one downy woodpecker, one purple finch, and one chickadee on the feeders at the same time. Wish I'd had the camera. Will have to wash that window in case another photo opportunity presents itself.



MadamHusker 1


~ How common are Purple Finches in north central Texas? (DFW area) Read a little, but haven't noticed them until now, and we've been feeding the birds regularly for a few years now.
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