Posted by: Zane Maser | September 22, 2017



A little house finch
came to perch on our rolled blind.
Squatted, it peers in.

Dusk is drawing near.
This seems a safe bird haven.
Sacred moment shared.

Feathered and human
are the same Divine Being
appearing as Life.



No experience can come to you except as the unfolding
of your own consciousness, and once you realize that
all is God, unfolding and disclosing itself, the experiences
you attract to yourself are on the level of this realization.
Joel S. Goldsmith, The Invisible Nature of Your Life



The construction of an airplane is simple compared
with the evolutionary achievement of a bird. If I
had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.
Charles Lindbergh


“Cool Facts” about the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus):

• The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United
States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were
turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts
to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They
quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of
the eastern United States and southern Canada within the
next 50 years.

• The total House Finch population across North America is staggering. Scientists estimate between 267 million and 1.4 billion individuals.

• House Finches were introduced to Oahu from San Francisco
sometime before 1870. They had become abundant on all the
major Hawaiian Islands by 1901.

• The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments
contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright
red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the
food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes
see orange or yellowish male House Finches. Females prefer
to mate with the reddest male they can find, perhaps raising
the chances they get a capable mate who can do his part in
feeding the nestlings.

• House Finches feed their nestlings exclusively plant foods,
a fairly rare occurrence in the bird world. Many birds that
are vegetarians as adults still find animal foods to keep
their fast-growing young supplied with protein.

• The oldest known House Finch was a female, and at least
11 years, 7 months old when she was recaptured and
released during banding operations in New York in 1985, the
same state where she had been banded in 1973.

Other Feathered Offerings:

• Bird Consciousness

• Birdie Diner

• Insignificant Significance   (about the American crows)

• Those “Shy” Birds   (about the Great tits)

• Dove of Peace

• Until The Last One…   (about the Violet-green swallows)

• Graced By White-Crowned Sparrows

• Little Angel Band   (about the wee Bush tits)


1. The “Cool Facts” list is direct quotes found from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:


Haiku poem © by Zane Maser, 2017. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All 2009-2017 rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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My editorial master and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my joyful husband.

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