Skip navigation

Tag Archives: House Finch

When we left for our road trip to the southwest we thought we were done with winter. I even thought of taking the snowblower off of the tractor but didn’t have time. Lucky I didn’t. It snowed at least four times while we were gone and last weekend we had a blizzard that lasted from Friday evening until Monday morning. Nothing to do but photograph the birds.

 More photos from Canadian Hill Farm can be found on my website.

Given the weather I was a little surprised when a Song Sparrow turned up at the suet feeder.

Song Sparrow

The wind was blowing about 40 mph and I had problems photographing the goldfinch because the feeder was swinging back and forth. The sparrow was leaning into the wind.

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

The Northern Cardinals were around in large numbers. The second photo shows one with a bad case of Mange. She was around most of the weekend.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

The Red-breasted Woodpecker was a frequent visitor.

Red-breasted Woodpecker

For some reason I find the female House Sparrow much more photogenic than the male.

House Sparrow

There were a large number of House Finches at the feeder early in the morning before the storm arrived but only one lone female turned up during the storm.

House Finch

Woodpeckers were around the feeder most of the weekend.

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

The most frequent visitors to the feeders were the Dark-eyed Juncos and Black-capped Chickadees. The day before the storm there were hardly any birds at my feeders but they returned in large numbers once the storm started.

Black-capped Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

 

 

Advertisements

Just a few of the characters that have been at my bird feeders the past few weeks.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

House Finch

The Eastern Phoebe is rarely seen at the feeder and this is the first time I’ve seen a House Wren at the feeder.

Eastern Phoebe

House Wren

I occasionally have rabbits at the feeder and for a week I had a family of Raccoons visit the feeder every night.

Cottontail Rabbit

A number of House Finches turned up at my feeders this past week. I was able to get a number of photos. One bird seemed to have House Finch eye disease. One of its eyes was swollen shut. It seemed to be getting along ok but I suspect its life expectancy is not going to be long. I’ve been watching to see if there are any other infected birds it there are I’ll need to take down my feeders and clean them.

House Finch Eye Disease

House Finch Eye Disease

House Finch Eye Disease

House Finch Eye Disease

This post probably shows how far behind I am in processing my images.

Anticipation

I had the good fortune to have two families of House Finches visit my bird feeder this summer. The first family visit was in mid June and the second in first of September. It was a stitch watching the young try and figure out how to use the bird feeder. At first the parents fed them. Then they  figured out they could eat some of the black sunflower seeds that had been partially eaten by another bird. Finally they then figured how to get to the sunflower hearts.

Feeding time

In both groups there was one young one that preferred to be fed by the parents. It would sit away from the feeder and when a parent went to the feeder it would start screaming and beating its wings. At some point the parent would go over and feed it. The other fledglings would they stop feeding at the feeder and fly over and try and horn in on the feeding. It was funny because the one fledgling that wanted to be fed by the parents was easily identifiable by a down feather sticking out of the top of its head.

For more House Finch photos go to my website, click on search, type in House Finch and click on photos.