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Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 15:10   #1
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Female house finch and...(Arizona)

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Two more birds from Arizona. The first I think is a female house finch (based on beak, barring on the breast and the fact I saw a male house finch in this same tree an hour earlier. The second is of a bird that was way up in the trees in the zoo. I didn't think I got a shot of them they were moving so fast, but I was going through my stream, and lo and behold a single shot! Whatever these birds are they are tiny, yellowish green, and there are a ton of them at the Phoenix zoo. Also, I have two questions. A couple of months ago, I was seeing male and female HOSP. Now I only see groups of males wherever I go. Are the females just super discreet, or do males and females split up during the winter. And lastly, I know this is a bird forum, but does anyone recognize what kind of tree is in the last two shots? I ask because it is in my apartment complex and thus far I have seen 5 species of birds eating the seeds: house finches, house sparrows, verdin, inca dove, and one unidentified that I have not managed to photograph.
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Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 15:18   #2
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Agree on the House Finch. The second bird looks like a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
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Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 15:28   #3
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From what I can see, the first pic looks good for female House Finch. Second bird looks to be a Yellow-rumped Warbler of the Audubon's variety. I believe your tree is a Chinese Elm, Ulmus parvifolia. This species sets copious amounts of fruit favored by a wide variety of birds -- I've seen parrots dining on it in Australia.
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Agree on the birds, but not so sure about the tree which strikes me as a little too smooth-barked for a Chinese elm, at least for the ones I have in my backyard. The seeds & leaves look good for Chinese elm, however.
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Old Thursday 22nd December 2011, 03:09   #5
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Ulmus parvifolia has a lot of cultivars. That's likely one of them.

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Ulmus parvifolia has a lot of cultivars.Will
I just did a little googling & you're right, it has, something I didn't know & am glad that I now do. Thanks for the info.
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Old Thursday 22nd December 2011, 03:37   #7
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Thanks for the info re: birds and tree. I like to keep note of all the wildlife friendly trees for when I finally have my own house. And I never would have guessed the the yellow rumped warbler. Just goes to show how skewed perception can be. I would have sworn that the bird was completely yellow, yet looking at my own photos it's clear the back is grey. Go figure.
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