All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.
House finches are very common, and have seen slight decreases in their population in recent years. Finches have benefitted from human development and often feed at birdfeeders. Some populations of House Finches have steeply declined due to the spread of mycoplasmal conjunctivitis. This disease causes respiratory problems and red, swollen eyes, making them vulnerable to predators and adverse weather.
House finches often occupy areas near human-created habitat, such as buildings, lawns, backyards, parks, barns, and stables. They can also be found in open deserts, grasslands, savannahs, and conifer forests in their native range out West.