Male House Finch
House Finches, House Sparrows, and a male Northern Cardinal were spotted in the front yards in my neighborhood on a misty morning yesterday (Sunday). It was one of the rare days when there were many small birds browsing for seeds and insects in the yards. Often it is quite hard to spot the smaller birds here due to the shade of the huge Live Oak Trees. I so enjoy seeing all the large and tiny birds here in The Villages, FL! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Northern Cardinal and House Finch
Hen Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago. We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds. I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal
House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal
House Finches are sweet attractive little songbirds. A small flock of the House Finches lives here on my street. These little guys love to grab a bite to eat at my neighbor’s bird feeder.
Finches love Niger Seed, Black Sunflower Seed, and mixed prepared commercial bird seed. The male here is the one with the red chest and the females are streaky brown. The females look very similar to sparrows, female black birds, and female cowbirds but slightly smaller. I took these pictures last weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photograph. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
Northern Cardinals, Boat-tailed Grackles, Eastern Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, House Finches, White Ibis, Northern Mockingbirds, and a pair of Brown Thrashers were all spotted here on my street and in a neighboring yard on the next street over in the last week. Additionally, we have had Eastern Bluebirds, Crows, Chickadees, and Carolina Wrens around. The finches were rooting around in a lot under construction where a new home is being built. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Female House Finches
Juvenile White Ibis
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
Bluebird, House Finches
Songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, and House Finches enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the bird bath. One of my neighbors has a bird bath next to the really nice bird feeding station that they have set up. I know the little birds are enjoying the cool water and refreshments quite a lot. It was 93 degrees F. here yesterday.
A small group of young Morning Doves like the tasty bird seeds that fall from the tray feeder (I also have spotted one of the doves up on the tray feeder itself). I enjoyed watching the birds’ splash party! It is such a nice thing for homeowners to include food and water for the songbirds in their front or backyard landscape! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.
Finches at the feeder
Eastern Bluebird Female
Bluebird and House Finch
House Finches, Morning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White Ibises, a Carolina Wren, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted in the past few days here on my street or in my yard. A neighbor has a very popular bird feeder that is patronized by many of the birds I saw this week!
The White Ibis flock casually strolls the neighborhood’s streets in search of tasty bites of worms, insects and the like. The Ibises are not here every day but do come by several times a month. One of the ibises sure had a vividly red face, legs and feet, didn’t it? We delight in seeing them! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. As ever, enjoy!
House Finch male
Northern Cardinal male
I took these photographs in my yard on November 19, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There have been a few male House Finches here that are just exceptionally handsome in their Salmon-red colored breeding season feathers. Soon the red will become much duller but for now, wow, are these boys handsome! The females are similar without the red over-tones. These finches have been enjoying their bird seed treats of Millet quite a lot. They also enjoy Niger or Nyger Thistle seeds which I do not have in my feeder. I took these pictures in my yard yesterday afternoon (Nov. 10, 2012). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This House Finch is a female. She likes the Millet Seed that I put in the bird feeder. House Finch females or hens, are a medium-brown with a lighter more ivory chest that is streaked with brown. The bird has a wedge-shaped beak or bill. She is a seed eater and will also eat small fruits. As her name says, she likes staying around houses, especially porches.
The House Finches here will fly under the porch here into the exposed crawl spaces.I think that they do this to avoid Hawks and also to stay out of the cold wind. Smart birds. The males look like the females but have a Salmon red color on their heads, and throats during the nesting season. I believe that these birds will stay in this area all Winter. I took these pictures in my yard yesterday, November 4, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There were Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, House Finches, White-breasted Nuthatches, a male Northern Cardinal, and even my old friend the Red-bellied Woodpecker. Everyone but the woodpecker seemed quite comfortable and knowledgeable about how a bird seed feeder works. The woodpecker just picked up Black Oil Sunflower seeds off of the feeder’s bottom tray. Not as skilled at getting seed out of the tube as his cousin the Red-headed Woodpecker.
The Red-headed Woodpeckers have already migrated South for the Winter but I think the Red-bellied Woodpecker will stick around all Winter long. I sure hope so. The little birds are quite fun to watch and often will gather and impatiently wait for their turn at the feeder. Of course, the feeder space clears out quickly when the woodpecker arrived. It is “Boss” here! Ha! I took these pictures on October 22, 2012 from my yard and my living room window (Cardinal shot). By the way, that green background is the large lawn in back of the feeder in those shots. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Carolina Chickadee and House Finch
Male House Finch
Tufted Titmouse and Carolina Chickadee
Male Northern Cardinal