Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Red Finches ... In Loving Memory



For my mother in law.
The last bird we discussed and viewed together at her backyard feeder.


 A beautiful red finch had been making frequent visits to her feeder.
What red finch was it she wondered? We got out her field guide and discussed the possibilities.

House Finch
A beautiful red head, forehead, neck and breast that get your attention right away. 
The reddish chest fades into unmistakable brown streaks throughout it's underparts.  


 

Purple Finch 
Purple? No, not even close. It's more like a raspberry red richness that flows softly down the head, neck and into the underparts. The Purple Finch lacks the brownish streaks that comb through the sides and belly of the male House Finch. 



We noticed there were no streaks on the underparts of the bird visiting her feeder.  The delicate raspberry shade gently washed down it's belly. A cheerful visit and view of a beautiful bird on our last visit together. A memory that will forever be cherished.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, Debbie, such a lovely & heartfelt tribute. A sweet memory. Thanks for sharing it. Hugs to you.

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  2. A lovely post and tribute! Hugs from NM. xoxox

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  3. A very thoughtful post and dedication to your Mother in Law. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Dominem et Lux perpetua Luceat ei.

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  4. Beautiful words in loving memory of Paul's mom. My deepest condolences to you, Paul and your family. May her memory live on in the red finches that visit your garden. (((Hugs))) Janet

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  5. Oh that's a lovely memory ~ Very sorry for your loss.

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  6. Wonderful tribute! I love the finches. For my Mom it was Goldfinches.

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  7. Thank you all so very much for your heartfelt expressions and sympathies. Our loving memories of her will last forever.

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  8. A lovely tribute for your MIL! Loely birds and photos.

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  9. Lovely memories and a loving tribute.

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  10. Nice shots! Always nice to come across another nature blogger who enjoys the natural world as much as I. Looking forward to more!

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