This little fellow presented an opportunity for such a closeup with my camera because he was a bit stunned by a hawk that had spotted him. He flew into one of our windows trying to escape and landed on the deck. The day was very warm, so we did not try to pick him up and shelter him. We were waiting patiently for a rebound. The hawk had flown on and this little bird was safe, and after about 10 minutes he flew away into the trees.
This photo above is the same bird taken just a little earlier before the attack. This is a red house finch and not native to the East Coast where I live. His ancestors were introduced from the west coast of the United States through a release of just a few on Long Island, New York, by some bird sellers that could not get them sold back in the 1940s. As a species they have done very well, as they can be seen almost anywhere. Cornell says there may be up to 1.4 billion birds of this species in North America! The male is the brightly colored one and some are more red or yellow than others depending on what they eat. I have seen some that are far more stunning than this one.
The female red house finch above is not so fancy in color as her mate. They usually come to the water bowl at the same time. They love seeds and clean me out each winter.