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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Funny looking birds showing up at the feeder

I don’t have favorite birds but I do find the juvenile house finches adorable to watch at my window feeder during the summer. Not just because they are friendly and just a little clueless about feeders. It is those fluffy head plumes that stick up like unwieldy cowlicks on little kids or two fuzzy antennae. Perhaps in the bird world this is also a cue or stimulus to adults to recognize the youngsters.

Adult male House Finches are rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail. Adult females are plain grayish-brown with thick, blurry streaks with no red and look similar to the immature birds. The amount of red the male finch has can vary depending on the quality of food he eats during his fall molt.

These 6″, talkative little birds get their name from their habit of hanging around houses. They build their nests in the hanging baskets, wreaths, or in bushy trees, and their cheery warble and variety of chirps is a constant around the bird feeders.

In Michigan, if you have your feeders filled with WBU No-Mess Blend, sunflower, safflower or Nyjer® seed, the chances are good that finches will be a regular visitors to your yard year round.

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