Get to know your birds before the Great Backyard Birdcount (#GBBC)
House finches are socially monogamous. Where you see the male you usually see the female nearby. They are not territorial. In fact, they often nest in close association, and commonly occur in small groups or flocks. In groups, males and females usually establish dominance hierarchies, in which females are typically dominant over males. Throughout most of their range, house finches do not migrate. They are year-round residents in Michigan.
As the House in their name implies, they like to nest near humans. They are common nesters in wreaths, hanging plants or bushy landscape plants from March to August.
At the feeders I’ve found their favorite seed is safflower. They will also eat Nyjer (thistle), Sunflower Chips, and Oil Sunflower Seed.
- 10 Winter Finches in Michigan: http://bit.ly/oL3iCF
- Birds of Michigan Field Guide http://bit.ly/pXv5ZN
- How to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count http://goo.gl/Bc2uGD
- How to have more colorful birds at your feeder http://bit.ly/qizlNh
- How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter Birdwatching http://bit.ly/q93Men- What is the best bird feeder? http://bit.ly/qVr7i8