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Walter when I asked this question a year or two ago knowledgeable
people on the list pointed out that the immature males look like the
females, which partly explains what looks like a skew. Given a fairly
brief lifespan, there will be more 1st year males, perhaps, than
older males.   I'll see if I can locate the thread and forward it to
you.

My feeder is busy today but no pine siskins.

June Newman
Carroll County

On Dec 1, 2007, at 10:45 AM, Walter Wehtje wrote:

> Just like Jean I'm enjoying the warmth of my house while watching
> the birds at the feeders. I've had 5-8 Purple Finches hanging out
> for the past few weeks, but almost all of them are females. I've
> never seen more than one male at a time. Has anyone else noted this
> skewed sex ratio?
>
> Walter Wehtje
> Columbia
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