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A female purple finch (left) and a likely immature male showed up in a West Fargo yard on September 4. The deeply notched tail of the adult bird is another indicator to separate purple finch from the more common house finch.

Flight Lines: Purple finch, the one 'supposed' to be here

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February, 1980, marked a moment of some significance among the state's birders. This was a milestone. In Bismarck, North Dakota, the first official sighting of a house finch was recorded. Two months later Cass County got one too; on April 6, to be exact.

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