And more birds...

Town mouse's post inspired me to show some recent bird pictures. On the last day of 2008, I took an early morning walk down into our chaparral area and other parts of the garden. The sun had just risen, and the bushes were atwitter with birds...

Like bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus). Here's another of this acrobatic little fellow....


Here's a Bushtit on a Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)


I'm pretty sure this is a Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) but am not absolutely sure - his head looks dark.

Hard to capture color on a hummingbird. We have almost 100% Anna's hummingbirds (Calypte anna) here. They are very numerous. Many neighbors feed them - I'm not sure if it's good to do that or not, but it's great fun, and my dad is very consistent in keeping his three feeders filled.


Fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca) or pine siskin (Carduelis pinus) or what? I'm not sure. They are sitting in a eucalypt of undetermined species. It's pretty though.


And here are enjoying a morning chat while they drink. Lesser goldfinch sneaking in among them, perched on the right.

Comments

Michelle said…
Oh what wonderful bird photos! Love the birdbath shot. And the hummer (one of my favorite birds). I would say a Pine Siskin rather than a sparrow because of the notched tail.
Grace Peterson said…
Amazing. What great photography skills. Bird shots are not easy...at least for me. You make it look simple.
Great pictures! Love the hummingbird shot, they are hard to catch.