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House Finch.

House Finch.
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-23 9:09
Viewed: 4044
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
House Finch. Carpodacus mexicanus.

The House Finch is a common visitor to most backyard feeding stations. Their bright red chests and sociable behavior make them a feeder favorite! They gather together at most feeding stations enjoying your food and each others' company.

Sparrow sized at 5 - 5 3/4", the male has orange-red coloration on the crown, breast and rump with brown streaked flanks. Female has plain, unstriped head and heavy streaking on a light underside.

Range and Habitat
In the West, the House Finch ranges from Southern Canada to Southern Mexico, east to Nebraska. It was introduced to the East in the 1940's by cage-bird dealers who sold them as "Hollywood Finches" and now is widespread throughout the Eastern U.S. The House Finch is a social bird and can usually be found in small flocks.

Feeding Preferences
The diet of the House Finch consists primarily of plant food, although they will eat a few insects and feed them to their young in Spring. The House Finch's natural diet is weed seeds and occasionally fruit. They will regularly extract seed from winter berries.

House finches will nest in manmade nest boxes. Visit our nest box dimensions chart to find out the correct dimensions for this bird.

At Western feeding stations just about any feeder and type of food attracts the House Finch including suet, all types of birdseed, most fruits, bakery crumbs and nectar at hummingbird feeders.

In their Eastern range, they feed primarily on birdseed, with sunflower, thistle, white proso millet and canary seeds being their favorites, in that order.

House finches will also help themselves to suet and nectar feeders.

The best way to attract House Finches to your backyard is to offer black oil sunflower seed and a source of water.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-23 9:15]

Hello Luis,
Nice to see you as a neighbour today! This is a lovely capture of this colourful little Finch in a nice pose. Excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and I love the matching pastel background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-23 9:25]

Hello neighbour Luis,
Fantastic photo of this House Finch in very beautiful soft colours. Superb sharpness, details and matching BG. Very good composition.

perfect pink portrait, greetings, Ori

Impressive photo Luis! The composition is perfect, the colours are fantastic and the sharpness is great. Beautiful bird too.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-23 10:54]

Hi Luis,
Splendid photo of this interesting Carpodacus, TFS!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-23 11:14]

Hola Luis,
An excellent capture of this House Finch!
Very good details and superb colours. Nice colours and good focus.
Best wishes,

Hi Luis,

Fantastic pic of this beautiful bird.
Perfect POV & excellent composition. The color is nice.
Well done & TFS.


Hola Luis,
un'altra splendida cattura di Carpodacus mexicanus, bellissimi colori e straordinaria nitidezza, fantastica composizione, bravo ... bravo.
Grazie e complimenti

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-03-23 12:49]

Hello my dear F Luis!
How are you?
Lovely little bird with nice colors and very beautiful POV.TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Luis,
I am running out of adjectives here. Beautiful in a word!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-23 13:47]

Hello Luis.
A very beautiful composition on this House Finch. Perfect exposure. Very vibrant colors and tack sharp detail. Great OOF BG really makes him stand out.Best regards Siggi

Hello Luis,
Beautiful diagonal composition captured with great sharp details and lovely colours. Pov and blurred BG are also excellent. Well done!

hello Luis
a beauty of a picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-23 14:07]

Hi Luis,an absolute perfection! What a fantastic sharpness and what a plums details and colors....impossible to make better my friend,this is a great masterwork.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-23 15:37]

Hello Luis,
An excellent photo,nice colors and great sharpness.TFS.

Hello Luis

An excellent and very beautiful close-up photo
of the House Finch, with fine POV and framing,
beautiful soft luminosity and color tones,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Luis,
Wow what a great finch. The great light really brings out the amazing read color and details of the feathers. Wonderful compostion with the bird, twig and blurred background, nice eye contact and catch light. I like it.

Luis - a very good capture of the little finch. the POV of the pic is really great. tfs

Incredible capture with awesome clarity and smooth gorgeous colors Luis! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Luis,

what an great shot taken by you from this Housefinch.
Exellent dof, sharpness and bg.
Good eyecontact and even with the light in his eyes.
Fine colors.


Hola Luis

Y por supłesto unos colores muy bellos.

Un saludo de Antonio

Luis, this is an extremely good shot of this House Finch. You did a great job my friend. Excellent sharpness and detail. Have a great week, Bill

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