Springtime Birds of Ojo Caliente

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.

Black-headed Grossbeak at the feeder. New MexicoMale Black-headed Grosbeak bird

Female Black-headed Grosbeak bird.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.

broad-tailed humming birdBroad-Tailed Humming Bird

broad tailed hummerJuniper 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.

Juniper Titmouse of Ojo Caliente. New Mexico.Titmouse in the house. Ojo Caliente birds.Juniper Titmouse of New Mexico. Ojo Caliente birds.

Juniper Titmouse bird.American Goldfinch ~ This female is identifiable by the conical bill; pointed, notched tail. They love seed socks.

A feeding Finch in New Mexico. Ojo Caliente.American Goldfinch Male.

American Goldfinch bird.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.

Red-winged Blackbird composition.Immature Male

Red-winged Blackbird.A clear look at a male Western Tanager is like looking at a flame: an orange-red head, brilliant yellow body, and coal-black wings, back and tail.

Western Tanager bird.Western Tanager bird. 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.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak bird.Rose-breasted Grosbeak bird.House Finches are small-bodied finches with fairly large beaks and somewhat long, flat heads. Adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail.

New Mexico House Finch bird.Dark-eyed Juncos are birds of the ground. They hop around the bases of trees and shrubs in forests or venture out onto lawns looking for fallen seeds.

Dark-eyed Junco bird.Female Dark-eyed Junco.

A female Dark-eyed Junco bird.The active little Downy Woodpecker is a familiar sight at backyard feeders. An often acrobatic forager, this black-and-white woodpecker is at home on tiny branches and suet feeders.

Downy WoodpeckerAnd finally the reason our songbirds scatter to the underbrush!

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).

Coopers Hawk.

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