The beautiful House Finch

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yesterday in the backyard
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I compared them and I'm pretty sure these are house finch. I didn't see where crossbills are commonly found
We have had some red crossbills stop at our feeder in past years, but mainly in late April or early May. I would think they would winter further south than Charlotte, but I certainly don't know.

Here's a (poor) photo I got of one in 2013. It does show more yellow on the throat than your bird.
 
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We have had some red crossbills stop at our feeder in past years, but mainly in late April or early May. I would think they would winter further south than Charlotte, but I certainly don't know.

Here's a (poor) photo I got of one in 2013. It does show more yellow on the throat than your bird.
That's hardly a poor shot
I did a google search and compared and they're close enough to confuse
 
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I did a google search and compared and they're close enough to confuse
Indeed.

I showed your pictures to our local experts and this is their reply:

"After doing a little research Amy and I both believe the bird to be a house finch. We found a couple of other photos of house finches with slightly crossed bills. Crossbills do not have the streaking on their breasts and well-defined feathering on the back."

So I think you are right in your ID. Please excuse me for confusing the issue.
 
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Indeed.

I showed your pictures to our local experts and this is their reply:

"After doing a little research Amy and I both believe the bird to be a house finch. We found a couple of other photos of house finches with slightly crossed bills. Crossbills do not have the streaking on their breasts and well-defined feathering on the back."

So I think you are right in your ID. Please excuse me for confusing the issue.
No worries, this discussion has been fun for me. I really enjoy more than just taking a picture, I like knowing everything about a bird. Birds fascinate me
 
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