House Finch Courtship

This is not the best quality shot, but I felt fortunate to capture this moment between a pair of House Finches. What is difficult to see in the photo is that the male finch is holding a sunflower seed in his beak and presenting it to the female. I watched him choose it from the feeder while she waited on the tree branch. I knew that this was a courtship ritual for Cardinals but did not know that it was part of House Finch behavior.

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38 Comments on “House Finch Courtship”

  1. Scriptor Obscura says:

    This is gorgeous. So sweet. What a lovely photo! I can see the visible expressions of tenderness and caring and love on the little birds’ faces! Wow, what a shot! Not the best quality? I disagree! This is a wonderful image! 😀

  2. Nadege says:

    They look so sweet. Lovely image.

  3. I didn’t realize they behaved that way, either! Every so often, house finches drop by to mingle with the multitude of goldfinches at my feeders. I would love to see something like this!

  4. Too, too beautiful….I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to make this my laptop background this week – it’s the loveliest image that I’ve seen in the longest time.

    Happy day & thank you for sharing this gift.
    x

  5. Sweepy says:

    Woof, they feed each other seeds to mate. My Popsy just presents himself to my Mumsy and Mumsy drooled in love. As for me, I wouldn’t know because I never really have a mate ;-(

  6. Lui says:

    I always love the tenderness in your images. The composition, texture, figures all work to tell a lovely tale!

  7. Zinnia Blom says:

    Beautiful picture! Courtship and cooperation. Imagine that you managed to capture just the right moment! I wish you a very nice week! Zinnia

  8. geanina says:

    lovely image!! weel done :)…

  9. Liz Thomas says:

    So beautiful. Love the soft subtle colors.

  10. Ellie says:

    I really like your picture – and it is so sweet. How lovely you got to capture the moment on your camera.

  11. Annika says:

    What a brilliant capture. I love how the colour of the male matches the colour of the plant.

  12. lisa says:

    What a precious moment you have captured here Pat.
    They are just adorable, and I absolutely LOVE this photograph!

    Thank you so very much for being a part of The Creative Exchange today.

    Have a wonderful day, and I will still be seeing you in “Blogland!”

    lisa.

  13. Tanya says:

    what a sweet image 🙂

  14. RH West says:

    Lovely! I managed to catch a pair of Robin’s doing this last year too! ( I also enjoy it when my partner comes home with bags of food!) Great shot!

  15. Dina J says:

    You caught a very touching moment. It does look like they’re about to kiss.

  16. TexWisGirl says:

    how very sweet! nothing like a bit of wooing…

  17. Karen says:

    I love the delicate quality of this shot!

  18. Vita Stunder says:

    Lovley moment and brilliant shot!

  19. Bogie says:

    Lovely! Nice shot.

  20. Tricia says:

    Oh HOW COOL! I, too, knew Cardinals would do that, but didn’t know Finches did it, too! That’s so incredible sweet & SO COOL that you got it on film… ok, digital film! LoL! =)

  21. What a great moment captured! I saw a pair of cardinals doing this yesterday, it’s that time of year!

  22. A Garden of Threads says:

    Beautiful, the texture give the shot such a romantic feel. Perfect for the courtship.

  23. How charming and sweet….love it!!

  24. Rosie Grey says:

    How cute – what a great shot and also wonderful processing!

  25. kenschneider says:

    That’s a great moment you caught. Interestingly, when I lived in New Mexico I often saw House Finches feed the young of Black-headed Grosbeaks. The latter actively begged from them and the House Finches seemed unable to resist!

  26. Pat, that is such a sweet shot! I had no idea the purple finches did that either.

  27. Nancy says:

    I often see Momma sparrows feeding their teenagers this way — it is very endearing. Great shot, Pat. 🙂

  28. Wonderful photo.

    Regards and best wishes

  29. Hilda says:

    Love it!!! Beautiful and lovely.
    Greetings from Hilda

  30. Aw, it’s a beauty Pat! Love the corally colors you used. Margie

  31. minor says:

    Very lovely shot! I think it takes a long time to take this heart warming scene.

  32. So special to catch that..it sort of like being taken out to dinner..are we so different..

  33. ladyfi says:

    OH, this is adorable!

  34. Oh, so very sweet. That’s a perfect capture.

  35. genie says:

    What a wonderful ritual which you were so fortunate to see. I just love the way you processed the picture. It is beautiful and so romantic. I could see it right now hanging on a wall in the house. genie

  36. Laurie says:

    This is such a sweet picture.

  37. Nancy Reinke says:

    I love this, Pat. Soft and sweet. Wonderful.


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