House Finches

I thought for a change of pace, I’d share some photos of our resident house finches. My plan to take photos of them throughout the week didn’t pan out as the weather didn’t cooperate much. Much as my plan to finish this post on Saturday didn’t work either.

Cold, dark, raining, and gloomy most of last week. Still managed a few photos here and there around the clouds.

The house finches were the first birds to find my feeders once I started setting them out. They are patient little birds who wait for me to fill the feeders and put up with the other “guests” arriving at their cafe.

They don’t seem bothered by most of the other birds.

Better at simply waiting their turn, yielding gracefully to the larger (and sometimes smaller) birds at the feeder. That said, they do tend to get into rows within their own little crowds fairly often during the busier days around the feeder.

I find myself talking to them almost as though they were house pets (though I’ll stick with just the cat inside).

Found myself quite relieved to again spot two of my favorites after the recent hawk visit.

Other Backyard Happenings

Trying to keep things kind of short since my post is late. However, before I end I want to share some interesting things I spotted around the feeders last week.

  • Mr hummingbird went over and checked out the suet feeder! I’ve already got the sparrows eating from it (again). Thankfully, he opted to go back to his sentry post and skip the suet.
  • Peace doves? Not so much lately. I watched them sitting on the feeder and fence flapping their wings to shoo off all the other birds.
  • Looked out the window yesterday morning in time to see them all frozen on the ground. And no other birds around as well. I’m sure the hawk hid somewhere close but I never spotted him.
  • And finally, much to my surprise I looked out the front door this morning to see a goldfinch sitting atop the hanger for a basket of mum flowers! My guess is he was more interested in the spent bee balm.


Other birds spotted this week: a brief glimpse of a blue jay (I hear them more often now), sparrows, chickadees, the tufted titmice, downy woodpeckers, the red-bellied woodpecker, and a brown thrasher!

What birds have you spotted this week?

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather Be Birdin’.

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8 thoughts on “House Finches

  1. Phil

    Great pictures this week Jean. Shame about the poor light and rain which always makes for harder work. You’re clearly learning about ISO and shutter speed.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Mostly, I think I’m learning just how much my old camera took care of for me. Ha! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I do love the hummingbird and will very much miss him when he goes south. Hope you have a wonderful new week!

  2. Anni

    I’m late, I’m late getting here to thank you for linking in this week, been busy. Now’s my chance…love, the finches & such a good variety of yard guests. (that hummer in mid hover is absolutely divine!)
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    1. Jean Post author

      It’s a busy time of year! We’re starting to get a few more birds around the back yard, hoping the variety continues to improve as the migration starts. Hope you’re in the middle of a great week!

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