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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Purple Finch survey participants needed

Purple Finch, male

Purple Finches are beautiful birds that breed in upper eastern and mid-western parts of the country, the West Coast and Canada. Here in NH they are the state bird. A graduate student, Sarah Knutie, is starting a long-term monitoring study of Purple Finch population status and distribution and needs volunteers that are interested in monitoring Purple Finches, House Finches and Pine Siskins at their feeders. This will require only 1-2 hours a month between March and Sept. If you would like to participate in the study get in touch with Sarah at with your name, city and state, and the months of the year you see Purple Finches.
We'll be doing it, we are lucky to have Purple Finches in our yard. As a matter of fact, as I am writing this a Purple Finch is singing outside.


Jen said...

I haven't seen one since February here in Northern Kentucky- but am always on the look out for them i my yard. I will get in touch with her.

Sarah Knutie said...

Thanks Lillian! Thanks for the support. My e-mail is actually - Sarah

Unknown said...

Saw my first purple of the year, 4/11/11, a male, taking some black sunflower seed at my tray feeder. Last year, I had two breeding pair as regulars, and got to see one male become an adult. They are pitiful looking growing adult feathers.(I am in SW New Hampshire).