Red House Finch

red headed birdThe House Finch is a native bird that was originally found on the West Coast of the United States. These charming little birds arrived on the East Coast via a pet store owner in NYC who released them into the wild when he discovered it was illegal to sell them because they were native to the USA. They thrived on the East Coast despite it being much cooler than California and are now common throughout most of the area.

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Young male house finch

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Male house finch

Despite their abundance, this is the first year I’ve seen these little charmers in the Cecil County, Maryland, area.


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