Ever since I’ve lived here, the tree outside my front door has been occupied by crows. This year I’ve been hearing a new song coming from the tree. I showed the picture above to a bird-watching friend, and he said it’s a house finch, one of the most common birds in the country. Apparently they are native to the American Southwest, but as suburbs and housing popped up they were able to work their way to the East. It would have been a rarity to see one of these birds outside of this region in my lifetime.