Morning Songster

My hike this morning started with a serenade from several common house finches. Most of the chorus was hidden by vegetation, save for this gorgeous male atop a saguaro cactus.

These finches are almost entirely vegetarian and the stout bill makes seed-eating easy business. They also eat buds and fruits.

Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to hear their delightful song.

House finch   Haemorhous mexicanus (formerly Carpodacus mexicanus)
Saguaro cactus   Carnegiea gigantea


5 thoughts on “Morning Songster

  1. It’s a lovely photo. We have these too, and they certainly are beautiful singers. The first time I heard one, I didn’t have a clue what it was. When I finally spotted it, I couldn’t believe so much song was coming from such a tiny thing.

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    1. I don’t know much about desert songbirds – and of course I had to pick one that is apparently easily confused with two others (Cassin’s finch and the purple finch). Hopefully I got this one right. 🙂


    1. Or very tiny feet! I’ve seen photos of great horned owls on top of saguaros too. And even a bobcat that was supposedly chased up one by a mountain lion. Yikes. Don’t imagine getting down was a walk in the park. 🙂

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