March 22nd, 2010


The House front of the house!


Japanese Maple tree

in front of the house here is not a native species, but is an imported one...and the House Finch (closely related to the Rosefinch that we know in India) is not a native species to Missouri, having been introduced, according to this

Wiki entry

in the 1940's, from Mexico and the southwestern United States. intrigues me that the two seem to have found exactly the right time to meet...because right now, the Maple is filled with the red buds of new leaves...and the House Finch flies in to eat the buds, and fits on the tree in perfect camouflage!

house finch pair 200310

Against the red budding leaves and the red wall of the house opposite, can you spot the House Finch pair, especially the male?

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male hf in japanese maple 190310

Today morning, there was a stalemate, with both pairs sitting in "their" respective trees and eyeing the conifers; only one female brought in some nesting material and inserted it into one conifer, but there was no fighting that I could see. More rain followed, and the birds flew off.

Waiting eagerly to see what tomorrow brings, if it's not rainy!I do hope at least one pair succeeds in planning to go out and buy birdseed and a nice bird feeder for our birds which are, truly for us...House Finches! A bird in the house IS two birds, or four, in the bush...or the tree!

and...Murphy's Law mandated that the Eagle Day, that I was eagerly looking forward to today (at the World Bird Sanctuary) was cancelled due to bad weather. I didn't know this until A took me to the house of the person with whom I was supposed to go....

House Finches update

This morning there was another outbreak of hostilities...I watched, riveted, as the male birds spiralled up and down in a welter of feathers, beaks and claws..but now, things seem to have been amicably resolved.

House Finch Pair no. 1 perches in the larger, left-hand-side Japanese maple, and the female brings nesting material to the young conifer on the LHS.

House Finch Pair no. 2...ditto ditto ditto on the right-hand-side (smaller) Japanese maple, and the right-hand-side conifer.

Wow, if only we could resolve our conflicts so well!


my post about these beauties

I'm hoping that we have two Finch nests....hoping that the rain holds off long enough for the nests to be completed...