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Monday, April 12, 2010

Our New Neighbors

How exciting! My blog is exactly 1 year old today. Happy Birthday Blogz!

Also soon to celebrate a birthday are the baby birds in our car port. I'm pretty sure they are House Finches - Carpodacus Mexicanus. I saw the beautiful red-splashed male hanging around recently.

House Finches were originally indigenous to the west coast. In the 40's, New York city pet shops started selling them as "Hollywood Finches". But, as they are native N. American birds, it makes it illegal to capture and sell them. When word got out, it wasn't long before wild flocks of them started appearing near Long Island.

Now, 70 years later they have established themselves as common species from Michigan to South Carolina. Adaptable, abundant friends!

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