Bearded finch


Three days ago, I watched an odd looking (female) House Finch: it had a beard. 

These finches like seeds and initially I thought that it had one of those fluffy seeds such as those of a dandelion or a cottonwood. But that could not be right; their availability is still months off.

Today, I watched the bearded finch on a different tree, but at the same place. What was going on?

The clue to its behaviour lay beneath an adjacent home: insulation. In building its nest, the House Finch uses stems, leaves, rootlets, and thin twigs, but chooses finer materials for a lining. Our bird had discovered some home insulation it thought was ideal for a nest lining.


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6 Responses to Bearded finch

  1. Sarah says:

    Oh no! Is it fiberglass?

  2. Mary Williams says:

    hope the finch will make it through with a clutch with that stuff in the nest

  3. Allan Hobden says:

    Good story and photo detective work! Here at home, in robin nests we have found coloured strands from old plastic woven tarps..

  4. Karen Pidcock says:

    The dog hair I comb out of my Poco, is useful material for bird nests too.

  5. Sybille says:

    One source of fluffy seeds for seed material at this early time of year is last year’s cattails. They usually break apart at this time of year.

  6. Sybille says:

    *nest material

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