A juvenile bird that has found it's way to the Southern Sierra mountains of California. This a rare sighting in this area, as this bird is more commonly found in the mid-west to the East coast, and up into Canada.
California received record snows this last winter. This drove several species of bird into the yard, where I keep lots of food all day. This Junco sat on a snow drift on the top of the fence watching the other birds feeding below.
A House Finch (left side bird) and a Dark-Eyed Junco staying warm. The Junco simply tucked it's head and went to sleep, while the House Finch looks drowsy. In any case, it is common behavior for birds to loft (fluff up) their feathers to stay warm. The space between feathers trapes body heat.
On a day trip my brother and I went looking for a Northern Harrier he ( my brother ) had sighted. This bird flew onto this snag where I was able to get several good images. The bird was quite confiding, and did not seem put off by my approach.
This and the Anna's are very similar in appearence. So, ID of them takes a little experience and practice. The lack of diffiniteve markings in the chin and throat; lack of markings in the flanks; the shortened 1-3 rectrices help to ID this as a Black-Chinned
Lots of hummingbirds at the feeders. The Rufous tends to be more agressive about defending a paticular feeder. This species of hummingbird has the longest migratory rout. According research, this species has a good memory, able to go back to where a feeder was placed the previous year. A group...
Taken on a day trip up to Greenhorn sumit. This is a summer migrant. This is the first time I've been able to get an image of this species. Though I'm pleased to have the image, I'm not satisfied with the quality.