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Grays Harbor Birds — House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

The House Finch is one of our most common feeder and yard birds, and can be seen almost anywhere in Grays Harbor. Unlike the other introduced/unwelcome outsiders (European Starlings and Eurasian Collared-Doves), this bird is quite popular with most who appreciate not only its red coloring (at least on the male) but also its long and cheerful song. This photo of a brightly colored male was taken by Mike Hamilton.

Felix pitches M’s to win over Texas

SEATTLE — With a bullpen situation that left manager Lloyd McClendon making a reference to excrement pregame, Felix Hernandez needed to do more than just give his team a chance — he also needed to give his overworked teammates a rest.