Purple finches in Canada

This video from Canada says about itself:

Purple Finches Have Their Turn In Ontario – Nov. 15, 2016

Watch these Purple Finches populate the feeders in Manitouwadge, ON. It can take a keen eye to distinguish Purple Finches from House Finches. Male Purple Finches generally exhibit a much more even, and less vivid red coloration that House Finches. When considering females, look for the bold face markings that distinguish the Purple Finch from the plain-faced House Finch. However, you can take a breath when trying to tell them apart on the Ontario FeederWatch Cam – House Finches aren’t typically common in this range.

Thanks to Perky-Pet for helping to make the Ontario FeederWatch Cam possible!

The FeederWatch cam is located in a residential neighborhood in Manitouwadge, Ontario. This northern site is an excellent location to see winter finches like redpolls and grosbeaks as well as two species of Jays and even Ruffed Grouse! The feeders sit in the middle of a large backyard with a large birch tree that the birds love, as well as a mixed stand of conifers and several fruit and berry producing shrubs. There’s a small swamp just beyond the backyard as well as larger stands of woods and a small lake.The feeder system is the product of the camera hosts’ ingenuity, making use of plastic piping to support the feeders high enough above ground to foil the occasional squirrel, and a rotating set of feeders that provide black oil sunflower seeds, nyjer seed, whole and shelled peanuts, and peanut butter suet in a homemade hanging log to the dozens of species that visit.

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