Tuesday, October 4, 2011

House Finch

Another tell-tale sign that the seasons are changing.
The House Finch is a winter visitor in these parts. Although just a bit early,
he's a sign of the times.
The House Finch mostly relies on bird feeders in the winter, so keep yours topped up.
At first, I mistakenly thought this was a Purple Finch. But, with the help of my Ornithology expert
at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, she concluded it was a House Finch due to
the streaking across the breast and belly.
Roger Tory Peterson famously described the Purple Finch as "a sparrow dipped in raspberry juice".


Anonymous said...

For a moment, I thought it was a Garage Sale Finch. They always show up early, too.


Gianni said...

Ain't that the truth!