Not on the front porch, please...

House Finch
Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 30031714 - House Finch; Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. April 25, 2015. ©

The aptly named House Finches are once again desperately trying to build a nest in the decorative wreath hanging on the front door of our house. Each time my wife hears the tell-tale scratching, she comically runs over from the couch and rapidly swings the door wide open with a shout, sending a flurry of chirping off toward the tree in our front yard.

The House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is reportedly native to Mexico and the southwestern United States, but has since spread to practically every neighborhood across the United States. If you don’t allow familiarity to breed contempt, the House Finch provides a melodious soundtrack to spring and summer. And the males are an attractive bird with their bright cranberry colored heads and flanks. Sources report that “the coloration varies in intensity with the seasons and is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet.”

The House Finches around our house are year-round, permanent residents. They often nest in the taller decorative shrubs along the side of our house, which we welcome. But when they try to occupy the front porch, my wife’s hospitality ends, knowing the mess the can cause. But hopefully, after enough disturbances from my wife, they elect to relocate to the front porch of a more accommodating neighbor.

Publicado el mayo 3, 2024 02:32 TARDE por williamwisephoto williamwisephoto


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