Tuesday, July 3, 2012

House Finch Invasion

While not as flashy as some of our visitors, House Finches are surely the most numerous visitor we have to the yard.  During the summer the Red-winged Blackbirds in the marsh might give them a run for their money but I would still put my bets on the finches.  This summer there must be at least three families living nearby.  A few months ago we would see several young birds sitting in the tree near the feeder begging for food.

This past weekend the summer temperatures really hit so I didn't get out to take any pictures.  But I did set up my BirdCam by the feeder.  I wanted to make sure it was the finches that were going through a feeder of food a day and not that a squirrel or raccoon as getting to it.  So today I present our abundance of House Finches for Tuesday's Tweets and Wild Bird Wednesday.

Here is a shot of the feeder with nearly every perch occupied.  Notice the gold finch on the thistle feeder in the background.

One of the fun things about the BirdCam is the "accidental" action shots that it gets.  Like this House Finch coming in for a landing.
Or this one with two birds heading to the same perch (middle one on the right).

House finches aren't the only visitors that I get to the feeder.  There were Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens and Northern Cardinals like this one.

And there were some birds that I couldn't identify.  If you know what it is, please leave a comment.

 I hope you stay cool and if in the US, enjoy your Independence Day.