If You Feed Them – Part 2

30 04 2009

Here’s the House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus).  This one came and sat on the back fence.  The have a long, warbling song that is quite distinctive and loud.

 

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

 

 

These little birds would forage on the ground under the sock for the seeds that the Goldfinches dropped.  Below is a female.  I never saw a Goldfinch do this. 

 

Female House Finch Foraging Seed

Female House Finch Foraging Seed

 

 

The picture below is a bit of a puzzler.  The size of the red bird and  the brown ear coverts seem to point to a Cassin’s Finch (carpodacus cassinii), which is very similar, although lager than the House Finch.  They do winter over in this part of SoCal.

 

Cassin's Finch (carpodacus cassinii) (unsure)

Cassin's Finch (carpodacus cassinii) (unsure)


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