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What wonderful photos. Sophie is a sweetie, love the bandana she sports!
your pictures are so gorgeous. we are getting more rain this week,so these pics came in just in time to cheer up my week.
Gorgeous photos - all of them! I'm jealous of all the bloggers who have such neat birds to watch. Your birds are no exception! The shots of Sophie are great, too!
Hi Brenda, I, too, like these pictures (esp. the ones of your sweet Sophie). However, that house finch ain't no such thing. It's a Verdin (a cool bird I learned about when I moved to southern Arizona from New England).
Tom, super THANK you for the clarification. Now I know what I am looking for/at. The house finches - smaller with a slight red breast?
Sophie looks like she's enjoying the weather. Great captures of the birds!
Do hummers stay there all winter long? I was so jealous to see them. The day when the hummers arrive is a day of rejoicing around our house. But, it's still months away.And, what kind of hummers are they?And Sophie is beyond cute... Is she a puppy? She looks so curious about the world.
Hummers already! I'm jealous! I've just moved into town, and don't know when they'll arrive here; down in the South Valley, where I used to live, they'd arrive the first week of April.SVG
Your welcome! Actually, the House Finch is slightly larger and chunkier than the Verdin. The HF may also have red around the face. "Males are conspicuous and sing often."--Smithsonian Handbooks
Congratulations on the humming bird shots. I have had no luck with the little darters, but always appreciate seeing the work of those who know how to capture them in photos.
Darn you, how did you get spring? We've got more rain AND my lab got skunked.
My thanks to Tom. I wondered if there was different labeling in the West, but didn't know whether to bring it up.If you care as deeply as I know your better angels want you to care, I've got a decent clarifying shot of a house finch at Banjo52.blogspot.com June 17, 2009. You can ignore my long treatise there on Yeats. My problem with house finches is distinguishing them from purple finches. After many trips to the bird books, I've settled for telling myself the purples have more and richer reddish-purple and aren't quite as chunky. Is that more than you ever wanted to know? I get that way sometimes. Oh, all right, often. Now who's nitpicking?
Banjo52- correct me anytime! I am glad Tom did so. I wonder if I have been calling them HFs for the past 15 years? As soon as I see a photo of a HF (like yours), I know the difference and hit myself in the head. We have such a variety of hummingbirds that I am always afraid to label them. Even with my big book of "Hummingbirds - a photographic study of the North American Species", I am hesitant to type them!
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