Monday, September 14, 2009

House Finches and Song Sparrows

The house finches are hungry! We've started filling the feeders at least once a week. The gold finches have visited much less in the past few weeks, but we still see a few. Their population is diminutive compared to the house finches we've been seeing! This little one seemed to be waiting on us to take a picture.

Hunger is making them pretty aggressive, too. I was in the back yard and started to hear lots of chirping and wing flapping. When I looked up, I saw a lot of fussing going on. I was able to get this shot of two of the house finches trying to get the best spot on the feeder.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some more song sparrows in the yard. The were not serenading me, but they were very watchful. From the kitchen, I can't really tell the difference between the house finches and the song sparrows, and when I saw the stripes on this one's head, it was very exciting! I thought our entire yard had been taken over by the house finches!


  1. I've had good house finch numbers at my feeders too! And, yes, they have big appetites :) I've also had 5 chickadees that are hanging around this fall. It's great to see them all together at the feeders too! So good to see your new post! Take care :)

  2. I would love to see a chickadee! They are so cute. Do you have any pictures of them?