April 20, 2014

This is a male house that is starting to show his spring colour.

Usually there are several birds in the basket but he was peckish and drove everyone else away.

Haemorhous mexicanus

The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
The oldest known House Finch was 11 years, 7 months old.

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