Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|January 2015 Bird Of Month
Finch is the bird that Roger Tory Peterson famously described as a “sparrow dipped in
raspberry juice.” For many of us, they’re irregular winter visitors to our feeders,
although these chunky, big-beaked finches do breed in northern North America and the West Coast.
Separating them from House Finches requires a careful look, but the reward is a delicately colored,
cleaner version of that red finch. Look for them in forests, too, where you’re likely to hear
their warbling song from the highest parts of the trees. Purple Finches readily come
to feeders for black oil sunflower seeds. In winter they may descend to eat seeds
from plants and stalks in weedy fields. Their flight is undulating. Purple Finches breed mainly
in coniferous forests or mixed deciduous and coniferous woods. They can be seen in our area during
the winter. A pair were recently seen at feeders at the DPNC.