Anna’s Hummingbirds, male
Our yard has been pretty active lately but it seems to have gotten even more so the last few days. Some new, colorful birds have been dropping by and sometimes it is so loud out there that it sounds like we’re deep in a busy, bird-filled forest.
“Tink,” above, is no longer the yellowest bird in the yard! Since I hung a thistle sock a few days ago, a whole flock of these guys, below, have moved in. There must be at least 20 of them and they are very chatty. I only recently saw a couple in the yard and, once the thistle was out, the word apparently got out among their friends. I love watching them, they’re so bright and pretty.
Lesser Goldfinches, male and female
I was hoping the thistle would draw some other kinds of goldfinches or some Pine Siskins (which would be lifers) but, so far, the only new birds I’ve gotten are:
The lovebirds were originally escapees from a pet store back in the 1980s but they were able to flourish here and now there is a large, feral population. I had seen them pass through our yard now and then but now they are dropping bu more regularly. They also like black oil sunflower seed and they like the swing, too, but I haven’t gotten a photo of that yet. You can always hear when they are around.
Gila Woodpeckers, male and female
The male is very loud and raucous but the female has just started showing up to eat oranges and she is very quiet.
Gilded Flicker, female
Yard bird #37:
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), male
House Finches, male
Some of these male House Finches are soooo bright red that I keep thinking I’m seeing Cardinals. We have many, many more bird species in our yard as regulars but these are the most colorful of the bunch.
Hope your New Year is off to a great start and that you have all sorts of fun plans ahead. These were my 2017 Goals and the results:
- Volunteer 100 hours at Desert Botanical Garden. Volunteered 102.75 hours.
- Find 60 new Lifers (new birds). Found 58.
- Go on many AZ day trips with Tony. Went on 23.
2018 Goals are about the same: 100 hours, 50 Lifers, 25 day trips.