[bcbirdclub] Purple Finch or Hybrid?

Hi All,
An unusual finch appeared in the yard today here on the mountain. It has all of 
the markings of a female Purple Finch, but its head shape and slimmer body 
shape suggest a House Finch. Could it possibly be a hybrid, a cross between a 
Purple Finch and a House Finch? I have my own ideas, but I'd like to hear what 
others have to say. There have been only two other records for Purple Finches 
here in September and neither was as early as this one.

Photos can be viewed at http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/unusual_finch_2009

Thanks,
Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt

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