House Finch, Female, Eating Cactus Fruit, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Caution | Sept 2015


House Finch, Female, Eating Cactus Fruit, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in post: Caution

House Finch, Female, Eating Cactus Fruit


I realize the above photo makes eating cactus fruit seem easy.

But let’s recognize that the House Finch is a skilled professional who has spent its entire career studying the art of eating fruit while standing on a cactus.

If you decide to try this, I recommend using caution.

Being stuck by spines (Ouch) or falling off (Double ouch) are notable risks.

If you want to eat cactus fruit, I recommend buying it in stores. That’s safer and easier.

On a serious note, this illustrates how well birds adapt to their environment. House Finches are almost entirely vegetarian. You can tell because they have strong bills that are well suited for opening seeds and cutting fruit. (They will catch a few insects for their nestlings to provide protein.)

So this female has found a way to feed on a yummy fruit, even if this requires standing on a cactus without being stuck by the spines.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

See more birds and gain more ideas at these posts:

Before You Go Back to Work

Progress Report

Rest for the Holidays

Transitions in Photography

American Gothic

Birding Resources

Here are two excellent books about birds. I own and recommend both of them.

101 Ways to Help Birds, by Laura Erickson

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, by Daniel J. Lebbin, etal.

See Bird Photos – Bird Photos

See More Photos of the House Finch: House Finch Photos

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Please visit the web site for The Trust for Public Land to learn about what they’re doing.

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