House Finches

18 May

Female House Finch

House Finches are everywhere. But their song is so beautiful that it does not pay to become so used to it that you block i out.  I am often walking down a street, struck by the beauty of a song I hear, only to realize it’s a House Finch.  The male HFs are bold and bright while the females blend in with their surroundings.

Male House Finch pretending to be an ice plant flower

This male seems to be blending in with the ice plant flowers.  “Wrong shade of pink, dude!”  They actually love the ice plant on my mother-in-law’s sandy hillside.  They seem to get bugs there but they also get to drink water from her drippy sprinklers.   This guy is waiting his turn at a sprinkler now.

Oddly colored House Finch

We see House Finches where ever we go.  This one was very orange instead of reddish-pink.  For more on color variation in House Finches, click here.

Sadly, House Finches are susceptible to disease. To learn more and to help, click here.

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11 Responses to “House Finches”

  1. Mary 18 May, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    This spring I have more House Finches than ever! The males are exceptionally bright red and those females are forever bland. There is a second brood in a nest on my front porch.

    Enjoy them, Liza!

  2. MaineBirder 18 May, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Very nice photos Liza!

    We have House Finches and Purple Finches nesting in our yard.

  3. Mick 18 May, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Very nice photos. We have lots of finches here in Australia but none that look like that!

  4. Crafty Green Poet 18 May, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    lovely looking birds, we have several finches over here, many of them sing beautifully, like you say, you don’t want to get so used to their songs that you block them out…

  5. KGMom 18 May, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    House finches are ever present around our feeders. I find them very sweet.
    I have read they are susceptible to disease, but I have not seen any evidence in the birds we see–thankfully.

  6. Dawn Fine 18 May, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Nice shots! I really like the photo with the ice plants..

  7. Neil 18 May, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    Nice photos

  8. Karin Grow 18 May, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    I love all your bird watching pictures! So beautiful.

  9. kelly 18 May, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    …very pretty! I also like the song of the male House Finch. He’s always happy and willing to sing!!

  10. Brad 19 May, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Good photos, we also have many house finches.

    • Liza Lee Miller 19 May, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks, Brad. Welcome to my blog. Appreciate the comments!

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