Little brown birds are among the hardest to identify, for me at least. A lot of them are fast and, being small, hard to see – particularly when they are down in the grass or up in the branches.
It turns out that they’re pretty neat, once you get to know them a bit. Even the sparrows are remarkable in their coloration.
I’m still in search of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but here are some others that I’ve seen… (mouse over the picture for my ID for each bird…)
This beauty was perching along a fence and every so often swooping down to pluck something out of the air. Whatever it was eating was way too small for me to see, but it was lovely to watch the flight.
This little mockingbird was feeling the cold a little and didn’t want to move, which was nice for picture taking.
The next four pictures are all sparrows, but four different species: Chipping, House, Black-throated, and White-crested (if I got them right!).
I saw some movement in the brush and found this little critter – which refused to come out for a nice wide-open shot.
I think that I know where this one was taken, but does it matter? Little brown bird par excellance!
This is a Black-throated Sparrow. I took the picture in Usery Park .
Tired of sparrows? How about a Cactus Wren, in an iconic state bird pose. Taken at the Desert Botanical Garden .
This was taken at the Desert Botanical Garden too. I see these a lot, even at our house, but I like the way this one is peeking out.
Low light, moving birds, I wasn’t ready… Excuses, excuses, excuses. So it’s fuzzy! You can still see the markings and the top knot feather… I see quail all the time, but they just aren’t all that cooperative about showing up when I have a camera in my hands!
This was taken from our back porch.
“We gather together to greet the sun!”
Also from our back porch.
Not the best of shots, but the white edge to the wing and the profile are evident.