|HOUSE FINCHES ARE FEATURED IN WIOB
The other day was quite cold and I noticed a male House finch puffing up as he perched on a branch within an Ailanthus tree in my courtyard. Puffing up is something birds do to keep warm as I mentioned in this past Friday's posting.
Male House finches are red and the females have brownish tones thus they blend in with nature, which is helpful in them being able to protect a nest.
The one seen here (lower left) blends in with the branches so much that I may not have noticed her had I not wondered what the male was looking at. Their distance reminded me of the social distancing, a "task" that folks around the world have been asked to keep to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In this instance, however, it appears that the distancing was a result of a lover's quarrel which I have witnessed these bird types having when they have visited my garden; as evidenced in the next too photo-ops.
However, in general, these birds often enjoy quite moments together as you might surmise from the next image.
Moreover, they will also help each other seen in the next picture where a male is removing something from a female's eye lid.
House finches have a story within volume on of Words In Our Beak (WIOB).
The goal of these books is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective.
I have stories about many different bird types, including Haemorhous mexicanus (AKA House finches, the bird type seen in the photos feature in this post), a variety who has visited my place on countless occasions over the years.
While the colors of the male house finch are are bright red, the colors of the female are muted giving them a protective camouflage. Deep red coloring in the males of this bird type indicates they are healthy and might make good partners and fathers to their children.
Perhaps this is what is on the mind of the female house finch featured in my photograph (titled Dinner for Two) during her date.
The image I am referring to is included in volume one of my book series and it has been rendered on to a note-card by Fine Art America (AKA FAA).
Whatever the case may be in this scenario, with this finch couple, Dinner for Two, when rendered on to a card makes a perfect Valentine's Day salutation for the one near and dear to you.
By the way, FAA can also render the images on to an array of surfaces; including acrylic...
...special art paper...
...as well as wood...
... for varying sizes of wall art.
Moreover they also offer framed images of my collection.