Springtime Birds of Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.
Some of the friendly bird feeder lovers that visited us at our OJOHOME brought with them a splash of color. The birds I was able to capture images of included the Black-headed Grosbeak, Broad-tailed Humming Bird, Juniper Titmouse, various Finches and more. Here’s a few. Enjoy!
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Black-headed Grosbeak ~ At our feeders the flashy black, white, and cinnamon males and the less flamboyant females effortlessly shuck sunflower seeds with their heavy bills.
Broad-tailed Humming Bird ~ Upon reading about this beauty, I discovered it possesses behavioral adaptations to survive cold nights, including the ability to enter torpor, slowing its heart rate and dropping its body temperature.
Juniper Titmouse ~ The American Ornithologists’ Union split the plain titmouse into the oak titmouse and the juniper titmouse in 1996, due to distinct differences in song, preferred habitat, and genetic makeup.
One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow.
Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder. They sound like American Robins, but listen for an extra sweetness, as if the bird had operatic training.
Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. They are unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).
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