House Finches Courting

Today in the exceptionally clear air I happened to snap this:

House Finches Courting (c) Katrien Vander Straeten, 2008

These are House Finches. The red-headed one is the male and he’s feeding the female. This, I just read, is courting behavior. There were at least two males and two females around, possibly competing while a Hairy Woodpecker and a Nuthatch looked on. (Here’s a great page comparing the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers – I think I’ll get it straight from now on).

Bird feeder: House Finches courting (c) Katrien Vander Straeten, 2008

Bird feeder: House Finches courting (c) Katrien Vander Straeten, 2008

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