Yes thank you , EBird says they are Rare in my Area . Yes I am In East Texas sorry , San Augustine Texas .The two on the right are Purple Finches, if those are the ones you mean?
Welcome to Birdforum James from Texas! I assume this is where you photographed these? - next time, please can you include the location in the title of your thread, it helps other members to focus on the threads they are able to help with. Thanks 🙂
Thank yes we Identified the chipping sparrow , did not know about the female Purple Finch , thank you again .While the first bird to the left of the American Goldfinch does look like a spizella, presumably Chipping Sparrow, the bird furthest to the left is a female Purple Finch, with it's characteristic large white eyebrow.
We have seen 4 birds so far that EBird says are rare in our area . But the Purple Finch has been around here for about a year now . We watch our feeders a lot , just more than usual numbers this year .Since January we have gone through about 400 pounds of bird seed since January so far .Yes, agree the bird on the far left is a female Purple Finch - I hadn’t got that far - as Connorco says, the white supercilium, but note the dark ear covert patch (particularly a PF feature as House Finch can show white eyebrows and streaking on the flanks )
I wonder if particularly harsh weather has pushed more birds West James, so there are larger numbers around than normal or they are just visiting feeders more this winter and people are noticing them more as a result?
Yes we spend some time cleaning , but oh so worth it .Wow that’s a lot of feeders to clean every few weeks - I must admit, I have lots of spares so just replace the soiled feeders with a clean one and eventually have a feeder cleaning session when I have time! 🙂 I get through about 25kg every 3 weeks or so, so no where near as much as you.