Saturday, February 19, 2011

House Finch and Weather

Good morning folks.

It is one hell of a day out here in this desert.  I know I will not post  this today.  As we don't like to have the generator running all the time.  But here goes.
DesertDale has taken some more photos of birds.  So thought  I would share them with my readers.


This is a "House Finch" .  They are small-bodied finches with a large beck and a flat head.  Many of the finches has a notched tails.  A few has only a shallow notch only in it's tail .

The adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast.  Their  backs, bellies and tails are a streaky brown with thick strikes of brown.
The females are grayish-brown with thick streaks and a indistinctly masked face.

They are birds that use our feeders that we put out.  They are in parks, backyards, farms and just generally all over.

The total population across North America is about 1.4 million.

The oldest known "House Finch" was 11 years 7 months old.

Since January 1994, House Finches have been detected with a disease called mycoplasmal conjunctivitis that causes respiratory problems and red, swollen eyes. It can kill House Finches directly or make them easy prey. House Finch conjunctivitis was first observed at feeders in the Washington, D.C., area. It’s not harmful to humans, but it has spread rapidly through the eastern House Finch population and into the West. ( info from goggle)

Now the weather.  It is  "cool wet and muddy".

Plus I have a new friend on  Facebook called "Smart Baily" .

Will I am tired of hearing that generator running.
Kitfoxgal

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