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Category: Birding

  • A lost corvid on the roof

    A lost corvid on the roof

    I thought it was a crow, but this one was different – somewhat bigger than a crow and smaller than a raven. It has that hair tuft (feathers) under the neck but not fully developed like the raven It was walking alone around (the outside of) our house and seemed lost – unlike crows who […]

  • The unexpected corvids

    The unexpected corvids

    I used to think birds engage in a lot of idle talks and gossips, but recently, I am beginning to think otherwise. They might be providing specific navigation information to their group – telling family members where the food is and whether the coast is clear. Bird language with different dialects perhaps? The word for […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    “It’s snowing!”“No… it’s just the rain!” “Still, lovely isn’t it?”“Nooo… it’s cold!” “Mmm…”“We have to stock up food, do you hear me?” “Oh well…”“Hurry up!” Over the last five months, these Dark-eyed Junco juveniles have grown almost identical to their parents. They are adults now, but still look a little silly with their ways and […]

  • One crazy House Finch party!

    One crazy House Finch party!

    There were probably three families of House Finch at the feeders. The Dark-eyed Junco could barely fight for a spot. At some point, everyone had to wait… (and grumble while they wait).

  • The House Finch is not always red

    The House Finch is not always red

    Differentiating the House Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos have been quite an exercise when all of a sudden, a yellow bird arrives! Wait, you look exactly like the House Finch, and your little ones look so similar to those juveniles I have been watching! I started talking to the birds a lot and even imagining their […]

  • House Finch: Going through changes

    House Finch: Going through changes

    Like the Dark-eyed Junco juveniles, the young House Finches have their share of bad hair days. The young male starts to develop red highlights on his chest and his crown. While he becomes more and more like his father, he reminds me of those teenage years where my brother and I would dye our hair. […]

  • House Finch: Father and child

    House Finch: Father and child

    Unlike the monomorphic Dark-eyed Junco, the male House Finch has red highlights on its crown, throat and breast. Mr Finch is a father who chaperones his juveniles. Interestingly, he would eat first – for a long while – before letting anyone else have a go. The little juvenile would not dare to eat from the […]

  • The Cooper Hawk spots a party

    The Cooper Hawk spots a party

    Our neighbour’s antenna is the “waiting area” to our rooftop party. It is about ten feet away. Before we started this project, there would only be one bird singing a melodious song. These days, it could accommodate four to six sparrow-sized birds, totally absorbed in their chatter. I read that most hawks have incredible vision […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Juveniles

    Dark-eyed Junco: Juveniles

    If this little one hadn’t come with its parents, I wouldn’t have known that it is a Dark-eyed Junco. Watching a sibling squabble can be quite amusing. Sometimes it all happens too fast. I only get to see their frozen expressions when I transfer the photos into my laptop. These are my favourites. “How many […]