To continue our theme of birds defending their noms, reader Stephen Barnard sends us yet another food-related alteraction.
House Finches [Haemorhous mexicanus] are quarrelsome birds. They bully the much prettier Goldfinches and Chickadees and fight among each other. Maybe they’re pissed at having such a prosaic name.
The second shot is special, I think. The primaries are vertical to minimize drag on the upward thrust of the wing.
[From a subsequent email]: I forgot to mention that I like the peek-a-boo photo-bomb effect of the female in the first photo.