June 17, 18 and 22 - Bowen Island, BC. Two more birds I'd never seen before.
I saw my first Brown-headed Cowbirds on our BC road trip, but didn't get much time to observe them. Both males and females came to our friends' feeder on Bowen Island.It took me a while to identify Purple Finches. They are very similar to the House Finches that are our most common backyard bird in Tucson, but are much more colourful. I believe I have the correct identification. The Cornell web site has a page that describes the differences between House Finches, Purple Finches and Cassin's Finches. The male Purple Finch "shows a deep reddish-purple color on most of the head, back and chest ...", whereas the male House Finch's "'headband' of red contrasts with the brown cap and brown cheek patch." endment writes beautifully about the Purple Finch in a post on April 12.
P.S. I'm still not sure whether this is a Purple Finch or a House Finch. It doesn't have a brown cap but it does have a brown cheek patch. I'd be very happy if someone would make a positive identification.