House finches forage on the ground or in vegetation normally. They primarily eat grains, seeds and berries, being voracious consumers of weed seeds such as nettle and dandelion; included are incidental small insects such as aphids. They are frequent visitors to bird feeders throughout the year, particularly if stocked with sunflower or nyjer seed, and will congregate at hanging nyjer sock feeders. The house finch is known to damage orchard fruit and consume commercially grown grain, but is generally considered an annoyance rather than a significant pest.
Juveniles often have pale streaks and may even be mistaken for vesper sparrows (Pooecetes gramineus) until they acquire adult plumage at 2 to 3 months. But junco fledglings’ heads are generally quite uniform in color already, and initially their bills still have conspicuous yellowish edges to the gape, remains of the fleshy wattles that guide the parents when they feed the nestlings.
I have house finches galore now — mamas and daddies and fledglings who are highly amusing. I’m not sure I’ve seen a junco; they’re quite attractive, too.
House Finches are proliferous and love to travel by families. I see them all the time. They are fun to watch when they feed the fledglings. Thank you, Linda. 🙂
Not only place beautiful photos, but also add the necessary explanations.
Thanks so much,Theo. 🙂
These are very cute birdies…you captured them so well!
Thank you very much, Indira. 🙂
We have a backyard filled with finches and juncos at the moment, and it’s a delight. You did a good job of describing these two birds and their behaviors, and your photos are wonderful, HJ. I espec. like the posture and pose of your junco.
They both are great birds to have in your backyard. Peaceful and mind their own business. Very family oriented. Thanks so much, Jet. 🙂