|Ghost bird with a female House Sparrow|
|Perched in the locust tree, waiting for space at the feeder.|
I must have taken hundreds of photos of it by now-- from various angles, in differing light conditions and with other birds in the same shot for comparison. I still think it's a House Finch, but I'm not 100% sure. It has very few field marks I can make out.
|A ventral view (the aluminum tube is a home made squirrel baffle).|
The bird's beak is pink, plumage is almost all white with a light tan wash in places, eyes are dark, legs are dark gray and the toes are pink. I think I can make out faint barring on the belly, which makes me believe it's a House Finch. It also associates with the large flock of House Finches at my feeder, matches the outline of House Finches I've seen at the feeder simultaneously, and I think I heard it give the same scolding call that other House Finches give when bickering. That last is hard to be sure of though, since there are so many birds nearby most of the time.
|Ghost bird and male House Finch|
|Ghost bird with Cardinal and female House Finches|
|Ghost bird with male House Sparrow|
|A dorsal view, with female House Finches nearby.|
|Looking somewhat ruffled|
Today's location: my front yard, Montgomery County, MD.