My new camera came through for me big time! We’ve been pretty convinced that our avian houseguests (wreathguests?) are house finches, but I hadn’t been able to get a picture to confirm it until this afternoon. The papa bird was hanging out on the tree in front of our house when I went outside, and I snapped the following picture:
Now, compare with the image of the male house finch from Whatbird.com:
Birdwatch win! The daddy bird headed back to the nest right after I took the picture, so I know I’ve got the right bird this time. I’m quite exhilarated at finally having a positive ID; the fiancée and I are thinking of taking up birdwatching now.