William V Ward
Jean P Ward
27 May 1986
- 10.0 km S of Willows; Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
- 39.5 -122.2
- 91 meters
- Deciduous Forest
- SONY TC-D5M
- Parabola 45.7cm/11.4cm (18in/4.5in)
NOTES: (Species Sound: Frequent; Breeding Status: Territorial Paired; Cover Den: Thick; Strata: song perch; General Climate: Arid; Format: 1/2 TRK stereo; Noise Reduction: Dolby B 1C; Bias: metallic; Equalization Type IV,70US)
This is the only finch listed at this refuge. So I recorded it because some of my associates claim I have a Purple finch instead of a House Finch. This takes care of them. Actually, there is enough intraspecific variation up and down the coast so that it is, indeed, easy to get into a controversy. I'll admit I have a hard time separating the finches anyway! I have less trouble with the Cassin Finches, and am careful to tape them at the higher altitudes, such as Missoula, Montana, where everyone knows they are Cassin's.
BNA: The male song is heard. CZ 23/07/2004.