Sunday, December 16, 2007

I STRUCK WARBLER

Repost of the picture from yesterday.

Cin was right on the money. And with time to look at the bird and compare with finch pictures in the Audobon book the bill is the wrong shape for a seed eating finch. I'm the amateur's amateur. So sue me.

Shot of a Townsend's Warbler from the web. Dug out the "bible," i.e the Audobon Field Guide, and leafed through the teeny birds section until I found a match. Unusually good match actually. It does help to have an actual picture to compare. Usually I'm trying to remember what I saw on the fly and thinking, "yeah I think that's what I saw."

According to the map in the Audobon book, little bit here is further south and west than usual. They do live in old growth douglas fir stands, though and we still have some old growth in the cascades. Probably got blown around during the storm last week. They run about 4 1/2 to 5 inches long and tend to be insect eaters. Sorry kid, you'll have to settle for suet cakes.

4 comments:

rdautumnsage said...

Learn something new every day. I thought it was a Finch myself. Now that I know what it is, it's in my storehouse of useful information. Thanks for letting me know. (Hugs) Indigo

toonguykc said...

Of course Cin would know that...she's a homeschooling Mom!!

Russ

tenyearnap said...

I was a total bird NUT as a kid...I guess I still am...hahhahaa. That is a handsome bird. I'd like to meet him in person someday.

Yes, Russ, I feel like I'm back in school myself these days. My child is the best teacher I have ever had.
:-) Cin

mlraminiak said...

These little guys used to winter in our neighbors Doug firs when we lived in Spitfield.  My sister has a bunch of them in her yard, too.  Aren't they neat?  Lisa  :-]