Friday, March 30, 2012

Pictorial record of birds at my backyard feeders

Since installing the 3 bird feeders in the backyard, I've seen the following species partaking in the feast:

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus 
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura 
House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus
Eurasian Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Inca Dove - Columbina inca
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus
Curve-billed Thrasher - Toxostoma curvirostre

Additionally, Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna have been coming to my backyard hummingbird feeder.

Today I decided to start a pictorial record of each species, with photos of both sexes where easily identifiable; here are the ones I've taken so far.

House Sparrow: female on left, male on right

Mourning Doves - sex not easily determined

House Finch; male

Anna's Hummingbirds; male with back turned and female sideview
By far the most common bird is the House Finch, followed by the House Sparrow, then the Eurasian Collared Dove, which is ironic, since the latter two species are non-native invaders.

All pictures except the hummingbirds were taken through the family room window using a digital camera and the photos were cropped to make the bird the focal point.  Additional photos will be added as the opportunity presents itself.

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