Saturday, March 31, 2012

Camera Critters #208

With spring arriving, the birds of the local area are beginning to show their breeding colors.

One of the more common birds here, are the House Finches.  Their bright red cap and neck turn an otherwise, drab bird, into something worth watching.

However, I have seen House Finches in this area which were yellow where the red normally is.  Several years, I attempted to get a photo of one which was visiting the apple tree in back, but was unsuccessful. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking around town with camera in hand, when I heard a finch singing away.  As I am prone to do, I lifted the camera to my eye, zoomed in on the bird and thought…”What in the world?”

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This House Finch wasn’t red, nor was it yellow.  It was brown with a very slight hint of orange.  I snapped away for a dozen or so images and then continued my trek.

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12 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Cool sighting and a pretty bird.

Misty Dawn said...

It's always cool to see, and photograph, something uncommon! Awesome!

TexWisGirl said...

i've heard their plumage is influenced by the berries they eat. how cool! :)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Very unusual color and a wonderful capture.

Pat said...

Great capture of this unusual coloring!

edenhills said...

Great capture! How interesting to hear about the variety in their color.

Jane said...

Nice shot!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Great capture. Was it actually a house finch? The ones that we have at our feeder have a red head. V

heyBJK said...

I've heard of finches having orange plumage, but have never seen one.

Betty Roan said...

This is a new one for me. Great capture!

Jidhu Jose said...

nice bird
Cute Rabbit

Mama Zen said...

Great capture!