Verdins are tiny (3.5 to 4 inches), vocal songbirds of the desert southwest. This one, above, hangs out in our yard a lot with his (or her) mate. The males and females look the same, which is unusual in the bird world.
They love to drink the sugar water in the hummingbird feeders. As many as we have in our ‘hood, I had yet to see one of their intricate nests…
But when I was at Granada Park the other day, I finally saw a Verdin building a nest. They typically build several nests per year, some for breeding and some for roosting. It’s in a pine tree but they took advantage of the pine cones to make it sturdier, stylish and seasonal. All it needed were some Christmas lights 🙂
Below you can see the Verdin taking a feather into the nest. Click on photo to enlarge it.
And here he (or she) is emerging. The entrances are usually on the bottom of the nests.
They should have a nice, cozy nest for the winter.