Rosy Red…

 

These little House Finches sure were enjoying the crab apples the other day…

 

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Cool Facts

  • The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
  • The total House Finch population across North America is staggering. Scientists estimate between 267 million and 1.4 billion individuals.
  • House Finches were introduced to Oahu from San Francisco sometime before 1870. They had become abundant on all the major Hawaiian Islands by 1901.
  • The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes see orange or yellowish male House Finches. Females prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find, perhaps raising the chances they get a capable mate who can do his part in feeding the nestlings.
  • House Finches feed their nestlings exclusively plant foods, a fairly rare occurrence in the bird world. Many birds that are vegetarians as adults still find animal foods to keep their fast-growing young supplied with protein.
  • The oldest known House Finch was 11 years, 7 months old.

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The vibrant colors of fall were all around us until this past weekend when we had a severe weather alert.  While we didn’t receive any snow, we did have high winds that pretty much disrobed the trees of their glorious colors.  😦  I’m afraid the long  winter months are just around the corner.  I always look forward to winter and snow, I do really enjoy the cool, crisp mornings and warm afternoons of autumn.  The colors are a bonus!

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Aspen leaves with a hint of red…

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The bright red of Euonymus…

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Raspberry leaves…

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Treasures that the little boys found…

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Strawberry leaves….

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The crab apple with visitors….

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The forest floor…

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Mr Rooster…

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A single leaf…

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Overlap…

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Frosted crab apples…

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Strawberry plants…

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Rasbperries…

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Autumn kissed…

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Vibrant…

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Common Merganser…

We spotted this guy cruising close to the shore on Lake McDonald while enjoying the wonderful fall day this past weekend…

 

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Orange…

So, so, so much to enjoy this fall…

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Turquoise rivers and orange foliage…

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Frost…

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The last nasturtium…

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Orange foliage reflecting off a river…

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Sunset…

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Full moon rising over orange fields…

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