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After 1987, other South Carolina banders began capturing larger numbers of House Finches (John Cely, South Carolina Nongame Program, pers.

comm.), including breeding birds and fledglings trapped or netted outside the winter season.

Of the 19 foreign encounter reports on York birds, 11 were for Carpodacus finches (Table 3); all these were banded during winter months but were recovered or recaptured at various times of the year.

Purple Finches and House Finches recovered or recaptured elsewhere from April through mid-October were probably on or near their breeding grounds.

Male Purple Finches are not fully red until late in their second summer, while all male House Finches acquire red plumage their first autumn.

Purple Finches present a more difficult sexing problem because males do not acquire red plumage until late in their second summer; therefore, brown Purple Finches may be females of any age, or young males aged as Hatch-Year (HY) or Second-Year (SY).

An interesting recovery of a York bird came when a winter-banded, After-Fifth-Year (A5Y) female House Finch (#0980-32484) was killed in midsummer by a cat, probably while on breeding grounds in North Carolina less than 100 miles northeast of York, SC (Table 3).

This is well below the national average of about 2% annual recoveries--excluding waterfowl--reported by the Bird Banding Lab, and may be due to low human population densities and the scarcity of banders in southeastern states. If a third of brown Purple Finches in winter are adult females, a third are young females, and the remainder are young males, the percentages at are close to a 1:1 ratio of males (51.8%) to females (48.2%). However, for this ratio to be correct, it must be assumed that male and female Purple Finches overwinter at the same locations and that survival rates of all age classes and sexes are equal; it is difficult--perhaps impossible--to derive such information from available, limited banding data. An irruption of House Finches in the winter of 1983-1984 yielded 976 banded birds at . First sight record of House Finch in South Carolina. Christmas Bird Counts published in American Birds (e.g., vols.

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