On the first walk with Sid in China, there was a plant with long stalks positioned over a river. It had a bunch of little birds on it. They’re called White-rumped Munias. They’re very attractive little birds. Sid surmised that we were seeing several together because people will buy them and release [...]
Category Archive for 'finch'
I moved into a new office this week, just a block away from the original building. The best thing about the move is I went from having an inner office to one with two giant windows. There are two big trees next to the window and I get to see a House Finch sing his [...]
Back in August when I was in California, I drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and made my way up the coast in Marin County. I stopped at Fort Barry and took pictures of the birds. I found a juvenile goldfinch making an incredible racket. Here’s mom molting into her winter wear: I [...]
Turning back to Costa Rica birds, the Spot-crowned Euphonia is one of the more interesting species because the males and females both have interesting plumage. The female is easier to distinguish among euphonias because she has a rufous-colored crown and a rufous-colored underbelly. Here’s the underbelly. The male Spot-crowned Euphonia looks a lot like other [...]
I’ve seen a lot of Pine Siskins over the past year. They travel in flocks so I don’t see them often, but when I do see them it’s in a flurry of activity. This picture was taken at my feeder. You can tell that they’re siskins and not female House Finches, by the yellow wing [...]
Female house finches are really good at tricking you into thinking you have a more interesting bird like a Pine Siskin. She really enjoyed those berries. Some people only want to find rare birds and I do get excited by finding new birds, but I can also appreciate an opportunity to take nice photographs. The [...]
One of the first signs of Spring is that the House Finches start to sing for extended periods of time. They are very frequent visitors to the backyard, so I get to hear a lot of songs. They’re not very scared of me. Sometimes they stay on the trellis while I change the seed. I [...]
I’ve been waiting for almost a year to talk about goldfinches. The one on the left is probably a female Lesser Goldfinch. It’s not a perfect identification because female goldfinch species have similar patterns. The one on the right is a non-breeding plumage male Lesser Goldfinch. You can tell the difference between the American and [...]
Salt Lake City has several prime areas for skiing. One of them is Big Cottonwood Canyons, which is a gorgeous area in the mountains. There are several lakes in Big Cottonwood Canyon that you can hike; one is Silver Lake. It’s very pretty! Unfortunately, everyone else knows how pretty it is. Salt Lake City has [...]
We have a lot of House Finches in the neighborhood.