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A few days ago I took the following photos of a young House Finch. When I looked at them closely on the computer, the bird’s beak appeared bloody. This bothered me until today when I went out and saw many ripe, red, and juicy wild strawberries covering part of our backyard. The birds had been eating them with abandon and that explains the “bloody” beak and also several patches of red on some oak tree branches.

House Finch after eating wild strawberries.

House Finch after eating wild strawberries.

House Finch: note the

House Finch: note the “bloody” beak. He was perhaps drunk, not wounded. 

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