Friday, May 30, 2003

Identify Yourself

While I was out filling up the bird bath, I noticed a new bird today. It looked like a female all-brown Cardinal or something. It had a crest on its head and a thick bill and it was a dirty, mousy gray-brown.The closest thing I could find in the book is an Oak Titmouse. She came pretty close to me, the book says they're sociable and tame.

We've also have been having these little black birds with yellow eyes hanging around. They are really tame and let you get pretty close to them. They aren't afraid of much. They must be Brewer's Blackbirds.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

One of the Gang

A couple of days ago, after I had filled up the feeders, I noticed a flash of orange at the cedar feeder. I knew right away that it was completely different from our yellow goldfinches.

It turned out to be a Hooded Oriole! He's been hanging out with all the finches like he's one of them.

I'm still amazed at how many new birds we keep seeing in our backyard.

Sunday, May 4, 2003

Picture Perfect

The last time we went out to the bird place, we got a good close-up picture of a cool little bird. We didn't know what it was then, but we just got the film back and it posed for us so well that I think I figured out what it is.

It looks like a Killdeer. I almost thought it might be a Semipalmated Plover because they look so similar and it had orange legs, but it had two black stripes, so it must be a Killdeer.