Verdins 101

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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.

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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 🙂

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Below you can see the Verdin taking a feather into the nest. Click on photo to enlarge it.

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And here he (or she) is emerging. The entrances are usually on the bottom of the nests.

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They should have a nice, cozy nest for the winter.

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7 thoughts on “Verdins 101

  1. A very nice observation and beautiful pictures of this little – Already snow ;-))…. dummy for Christmas !! yet you have a beautiful blue sky, gray and fog here !! Have a good week

  2. The Verdin is a very pretty bird. I don’t know how many others would be nests whose entrance is on the bottom. I like your close ups of this bird. Excellent detail and color.

  3. Looking at the little Verdin’s nest, I was struck by how much is resembled a Chihully glass sculpture. Thank you for sharing the info and photos of such a cool bird that I have never had the pleasure to see. 🙂

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