Saturday, September 28, 2019

House Finch

A fiarly common species, a female House Finch taken during my 25 September 2019 Common Tern quest. The bird on the bent fence just seemed to be a Kodak moment. House Finch females are told by their unmarked heads and overall drabness. House Finches were once native to the desert southwest. A few California birds were relaeased from a New York City pet store in 1939 and spread back towards the west. Washington birds, however, are the result of natural expansion from the southwest. Highly adaptable, House Finches now occupy “one of the widest ecological ranges of any extant bird” (Badyaev et al. 2012).

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