House Finch ~ Male (R.I.P.) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in my backyard in Marana, Az with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

I stepped outside to find this little guy standing under one of my trees. I thought wow, he is just sitting there watching me and ran for my camera. I gingerly approached him to realize that he was not moving. I was right on top of him then he flew to the other side of the yard. I realized that there was something not right about his flight and I grabbed some seed and a little water dish. he came close enough to eat a seed but had trouble cracking it open. it is rather warm now here in the desert and though I should have, I couldn’t leave him alone. I carried him carefully into the house and into a container I had from my reptile days. He seemed to cool down and appeared interested in the seeds after a few minutes.

I checked on him an hour later and found that he has been called to the other side where our feathered friend go when they are no longer needed here.

I do know that you shouldn’t remove an animal from the wild and even tell others that as well. I just couldn’t let him die, knowing that he probably would even after my efforts, out in the heat of the day…….

Not to be confused with the Purple finch found in coniferous and woodland areas. This common western finch of the deserts and foothills was introduced in small numbers in New York in 1940; by the end of the 20th century it had become a common breeding bird of the suburbs, cities and agricultural areas throughout most of the eastern U.S., where it may compete with Purple Finch, at least in winter. It is abundant at feeders.

VOICE Song a sweet, cheerful warble containing wiry notes (lower and less distinct in western birds). Calls a rich chewp and sweep like House Sparrow.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome colorful detail in this poor little fellow Kimberly, very compelling story, but he has now gone to Songbird heaven, to sing on the other side.

  • Yes he is Larry, thank you my friend. tweet tweet little guy~

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful thing you tried doing. I tip my hat to you. I would have done the same thing. Around here we have a place to take wild animals in trouble. What a wonderful and amazing story and capture.

  • Thank you Kat, he was truly a handsome fellow. I just couldn’t bare to have to find him later out there……

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • quiltmaker
    quiltmakeralmost 5 years ago

    Such a great capture. Bless you for your compassionate heart.

  • Thank you so much! I appreciate the time you took to stop by Quiltmaker~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you very much Babcia!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    Oh he’s so cute and isn’t it wonderful that he had you to take care of him before he left ….. I’m sure they feel that energetically and that’s nonsense sometimes not to move them … why would you let him die in the sun and probably ants or whatever. What you did was way better!

  • I have to agree. I am aware that most wildlife wait till the last minute to pass for their own protection. I wouldn’t have been able to see him there while the ants had there way with him, circle of life or not. I would want the same! Thank you for your understanding and support Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    Good job, Kimberly!!

  • Much appreciated Marvin, thank you ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersalmost 5 years ago

    Had a similar experience with a Western Rosella recently… had been hit by a car and was obviously brain damaged… I don’t think there is anything wrong with giving them some comfort in the hope they might improve and get well. Nice job Kimberly.

  • Thank you for that Phillip, it puts a smile on my heart to know that I have friends out there that would do the same!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 5 years ago

    Poor little critter, Kimberly! I’m sure you did the right thing and at least he knew someone cared for him! A wonderful photo to remember him by!

  • Thanks Krys! I do appreciate that my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Poor little guy … lovely image :)

  • Thank you so very much Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Well, you gave it your best shot – literally & figuratively. And he went out with a burst of color & an everlasting tribute in this excellent photo!

  • You always know what to say Sheila, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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