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Yesterday we saw a House Finch flying erratically around the bird feeder, up and down, left and right. It turned out that it was a fledgling trying to land on the feeder perch. His mother was coaching.

Female House Finch coaching fledgling.

Female House Finch coaching fledgling.

House Finch fledgling trying to land on bird feeder perch.

House Finch fledgling trying to land on bird feeder perch.

House Finch fledgling resting on deack railing. Note the immature eyes.

House Finch fledgling resting on deck railing after an unsuccessful attempt. Note the muddy colored, immature eyes.

Update: looking as closely as possible, I think this young House Finch only has one eye! It may not survive for long, and has been continuing to fly erratically. I will keep the bird feeder stocked up to help him, but its long-term propects do not look good.

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