Songbirds in the Garden : Some House Finches Come to Visit

male house finch toronto spring 2015


Look who might be nesting somewhere near to our place this spring -- these are House Finches!

I've seen them once or twice in previous years, but they're not all that common around here. Then, these past few days, I've seen this pair at least once a day. They chirp a very distinct song, so I hear them before I see them. Then I scan the trees until I finally find the flash of red. They're tiny, only about 4 inches long, so they're not that easy to see among the branches.

The red one is the male.

male house finch red bird toronto spring 2015


male house finch in toronto april 2015


They seem to enjoy the Forsythia flower buds,

male house finch in toronto eating forsythia bud red bird


male house finch red bird toronto


The female is a rather plain looking brown, but she's cute nonetheless.

female house finch toronto spring 2015


female house finch bird


The story about how House Finches came to be here in Toronto is an interesting one. Beginning in the 1940s, they were brought to New York City from their native home in Mexico and southern United States, and were being sold as pets in cages. They were nicknamed 'Hollywood Birds', I guess because that sounded glamorous. But keeping them in cages and selling them was against the 'migratory bird treaty act', so their captors released them in order to avoid facing fines. So, left to fly free, they adapted to the environment and began to expand their area. They made it to Toronto by the late 80s.

I hope these two stick around all summer, and that I'll get to see their babies. Of course, I'll show you if I do.

pair of house finches toronto spring 2015



Thanks for taking a look. I hope you have a great weekend.
xo loulou
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5 Responses to Songbirds in the Garden : Some House Finches Come to Visit

  1. Gaia says:

    So wonderfully captured !!

  2. Vix says:

    What wonderful photos, I can almost touch their feathers. they seem so exotic to me as I’ve never seen these sweet little birds before. xxx

  3. Lisa says:

    Wow, just beautiful. Your love of nature and photography are a perfect match :) I have never seen one of these finches before. I hope they nest close to you and we get to see more of them in the future.

  4. Julie says:

    look how beautiful those house finches are!! your photos are so amazing. It feels like I’m up close.

  5. hena tayeb says:

    sweet.. you got some good shots.

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