14-B-2018 Purple Finch

STATUS
Not Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
0-7
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
4 (male?)
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Rocky Elshaug
OTHER OBSERVERS
Jamie Elshaug
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Home, 4 miles north of Lava Hot Springs, ID. Bannock County
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Aspen tree, front yard at bird feeder
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
Observed birds for appx. 30 min. Sleeting, appx. 40F. Tree is only 20 feet from deck, used binoculars after seeing them
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, during the observation
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
Birds of Idaho by Stan Tekiela, Audobon Guide on internet
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Saw all parts of body
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
They were at the bird feeder, along with red winged blackbirds.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
Same day, using internet sites
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Eliminated species by looking through the idaho bird book and checking pictures from the internet
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
None, never saw them before
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Hobbyist, level of expertise beginner

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Reject, specific identification not established

No description of bird.

Carl Lundblad
Reject, specific identification not established

No description or usable documentation

Shirley Sturts
Reject, specific identification not established

reporter failed to give us any information - no description of field marks observed or comparisons with Cassin's and House Finch.

Dave Trochlell
Reject, specific identification not established

There is not even the hint of a description of the bird in this report.

Doug Ward
Reject, specific identification not established

Zero details other than “like the book” make this record impossible to accept.

Darren Clark
Reject, specific identification not established

Description doesn't eliminate House Finches or Cassin's Finches.

Jay Carlisle
Reject, specific identification not established

No actual field marks described (& Cassin's Finch would be much more expected)