[Tweeters] "Female" Purple Finch singing

Chazz Hesselein chazz at hesselein.com
Sat Apr 4 10:53:33 PDT 2015

Dear Blair and all,

Last spring, I too notice a "female" Purple Finch singing in my yard. I
am pretty familiar with 1st summer male Orchard Orioles which look, at
least similar to, adult females but sing so I looked it up and found
that 1st summer male Purple Finches also look like adult females.

Does anyone know if and comparatively how successful these
female-looking 2nd year males are at breeding in relation to 3rd+ year
adult birds?

Chazz Hesselein
Port Orchard, WA

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