Juvenile House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
Los Altos Hills, CA
July 11, 2022

I saw this juvenile house finch fluttering awkwardly in a cedar tree. It looked almost too young to be out of the nest, with its stubby tail and under-developed wings. I am hoping that it is fine and continues to thrive with additional help from its parents although I haven’t seen it again since it left its perch outside my window. Later I would tell Chris that it reminded me of him in the morning: hair standing straight up, whiskers on the chin, and a wide-eyed: “Where am I?” What day is it?”

Did you know that although house finches are now found all over the U.S., they were originally from Mexico and the southwestern states? They were introduced to other locations and adapted quickly.

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