housefinch.jpgThis year, the house finches were a little more reluctant to get started on the singing. (The chickadees have been singing their song for about two weeks already.) I’m sure day-length is one of their triggers, but given conditions this year, I would also guess that temperatures also play a part. We’ve had a couple of very cold spells this January, but this week we warmed back up into the mid-50’s. And surprise, surprise – within a day of the warm up, I heard the first finch singing to me as I dragged my trashcans up the driveway from the curb.

This year, the winning date is

Jan 17!

Here are my results from the past few years:

2012: Jan 3

2011: Jan 3

2010: Jan 19

2009: Jan 12

2008: Jan 8

2007: Jan 15

2006: Jan 15

2005: Jan 23