Greetings from the San Cristobal Valley, NM. This week a series of images of some of the little birds that frequent our area of the planet, more precisely, our valley.
I hope you enjoy the following gallery of little birds.
A Cassin’s Finch so I was told. It could be a glorious house finch.
For the last few years, we’ve had a solitary Canyon Towhee in our garden. This shot was taken in a canyon, no less.
Woodhouse’s or Western Scrub-Jay?
This is a Pinyon Jay, that I’m sure of. They have arrived in large flocks in the valley over the last two years, groups of a hundred to a few thousand.
The Red-winged Blackbirds nest in the cattails. Right about now there is a frenzy of activity and nest-building. The males are kept on their guard protecting the nesting spot.
The Magpie is every dog’s nemesis. They taunt our dogs and of course, our dogs take the bait.
This Evening Grosbeak was stunned following a window strike. I put it on the fence to recover. It did. Ten minutes later, it flew up into the crabapple tree.
This Northern Pygmy Owl would fit into a teacup and is smaller than most of the birds above.
Not one of the truly little birds but not large either. It’s about the size of an American Crow.
Finally one of the rare visitors to the valley. I only spotted one Lewis’s Woodpecker this last year. Two years ago there were three at one time in the Ash tree.
Little birds rock the valley, my heart and soul.
As always, thank you for looking, and for all the comments, compliments, and well wishes. G