The House Finches have just mobbed the bird feeder! They tend to come in groups of six or seven but they come early and often. I think the Millet is the big attraction as I have not yet had any of their other favorite, Nyger or Niger Seed, in the feeder. The Carolina Chickadees are also enjoying the feeder. The day was sunny and cooler here yesterday. That nice weather is great for the wildlife (I liked it too!).
The hen House Finches are brown and have a light buff-colored chest that is streaked with dark brown. They are not as flashy as the males. Males have a splash of red feathering on their heads during the breeding season. These birds like being near homes and are often seen at bird feeders. I took these pictures in my yard on August 11, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!