Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Yard Bird - Carpodacus cassinii

Do you ever have one of those days were you simply expect that you will see something new?!  I'm not sure if it is the crazy weather today - snow - rain - snow - rain - sunshine - snow - but today was one of those days I just knew I'd see a new bird...well, at least a new yard bird.

So, when I glanced out the back patio door and saw this (click on any image to enlarge)...

I just knew this wasn't some plain ol' male House Finch.  It was something different!  I went to my master bedroom bay window which gives me a closer look and started snapping photos with my non-professional camera, again through window glass covered with rain drops.  I took 90 pictures hoping a few would turn out okay.

Here is a closer view:

Yes, it is kind of male House Finch-like, but notice how much more the red on this guy's cap contrasts?  Also note the lack of streakiness on the breast and flanks.

This last shot shows the reddish-pink on the breast.

Know what it is yet?

A Cassin's Finch!  I've only seen them six other times, and never this close.  It's always exciting to have a new yard bird too.

One last photo for David Sibley's sake...notice the false face?!


  1. Great yard bird. We have a few showing up here in Rexburg also.

  2. Wow, a Cassin's Finch? That is one cool yard bird!