Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mystery Solved

I found the Bird from yesterday.

It is ... I think ... a Female House Finch

'House Finches are small-bodied finches with fairly large beaks and somewhat long, flat heads. The wings are short, making the tail seem long by comparison. Many finches have distinctly notched tails, but the House Finch has a relatively shallow notch in its tail.

Adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail. In flight, the red rump is conspicuous. Adult females aren’t red; they are plain grayish-brown with thick, blurry streaks and an indistinctly marked face.

House Finches are gregarious birds that collect at feeders or perch high in nearby trees. When they’re not at feeders, they feed on the ground, on weed stalks, or in trees. They move fairly slowly and sit still as they shell seeds by crushing them with rapid bites. Flight is bouncy, like many finches.

House Finches frequent city parks, backyards, urban centers, farms, and forest edges across the continent. In the western U.S., you’ll also find House Finches in their native habitats of deserts, grassland, chaparral, and open woods.'

Information found @ http://www.allaboutbirds.org/

I'm going to end up being a Bird Expert. Now off to find that book ...


Rain said...

Lovely! I really enjoy bird watching and when I finally can figure out what species I'm watching, I get a little thrill! Better than that, I'm now trying to identify the calls and songs all around me. I've even tried to imitate the chickadees and mourning doves and I could swear they are responding! Fun hobby!

JC said...

I found one site that has a button you push to listen to their song.

It wasn't til I put up the bird feeders that I watched all the birds. I enjoyed listening to them and wondered what kind of bird sang each time but it's only been the last two years that I've been serious about them. My baby cat loves to sit on top of his scratching post ... there's a seat for them ... and he and I together look at bird tv.

My cats were in and out cats til I lost my Lilly Ann two years ago.

Now, it's bird tv city Baby !!!

Rain said...

Lol, I'm imagining you saying that with Austin Powers' voice "bird city tv, baby!" ha ha.

I know what you mean, I can just sit and watch forever. I have the added bonus of a few sneaky little brown squirrels and chipmunks who try their darndest to get up to that feeder, without any success. I almost want to root for them!

Amongst The Oaks said...

All about birds is my favorite site for bird ID. I'm enjoying your blog.

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes, I am a bird watcher now, also. I love watching all nature, but the birds are special. Thanks for the comment, I just feel brain damage sometimes. Fortunately, not too often. Everyone tells me they are the same way, and they do not have any health issues.

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

That is definately a female house finch. I have a thistle feeder just outside my kitchen window, so I see them all the time.

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Michelle "Lady Bug" said...

I love watching the birds here. They are so silly how they fight over the bird feeder. However; as far as having a bird as pet, no thank you. My Mom has finches and they make such a mess. She also has a canary though and I don't mind it. Actually I think she has too now. She loves they way it sings.

Wildeve said...

A hobby you can share with your cats (as long as they don't get too close!) I love watching birds, too. I wanted to let you know I posted my award, Thank you!

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