Sunday, February 14, 2010

A view from the garden

One of our many garden friends.

A beautiful creature, by all accounts.

15 comments:

tom sullivan said...

Hi Brenda, it's not a Verdin; they only have yellow on their head. I'm not sure what your pretty visitor is.

tom sullivan said...

p.s. I'm guessing that it's a female Lesser Goldfinch.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Oooh, your goldfinch is right on! Good one, Tom!

Brenda's Arizona said...

I was starting to lean towards a warbler, but your goldfinch suggestion encompasses the right geography, and these guys certainly like to be vocal!

tom sullivan said...

The two have different typical behavior. Goldfinches are usually in little groups, often foraging for seeds in low vegetation. Warblers tend to be more solitary(or in pairs), and are more into bugs and fruit than seeds. Happy birding!

Gail said...

To have your own music! What a wonderful bird with a beautiful song.

Diane AZ said...

It was nice of the bird to pose for you. These are all beautiful!

BANJO52 said...

Tom beat me to it, but I was guessing gold finch based on his back. However, his front looks a little different from my finches. Is that the "lesser" part of it?

In your warm winters, do the males still go olive drab like the females, as they do here in Mich.? It's pretty exciting to see the gold come back in late April and May.

Of course, after a cold, Detroit-grey winter, a lot of things are exciting . . .

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

He is really beautiful...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

tom sullivan said...

Hi Banjo, the Lesser Goldfinch is a distinct species, but belongs to the same genus as the American Goldfinch. It is a bit smaller, and has a number of small coloration differences. I don't think the males go drab for the winter here. Believe it or not, many birds here started mating weeks ago.

BANJO52 said...

Tom, interesting info! Thank you.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Me, too, Tom! You have inspired me to attend some 'neighborhood' birding classes at our nearby regional (desert) park. Hope to start in March - lots of learning to do!

tom sullivan said...

Hi Banjo and Brenda, of course it's my pleasure. And don't forget it's your photos and questions that inspired me to remember what I've observed and look at my bird book.

sealaura said...

those are beautiful. here in redlands we have a pack of wild parrots, whihc is random but fun when we hear them overhead.

altadenahiker said...

After the rains, birds are singing their hearts out around these parts. (Thought Banjo might know.)