House Finch ~ Male (R.I.P.)

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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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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