Birds of the Week # 39

House Finch



The House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. These birds are permanent residents in my backyard. They are very family oriented , care for their hatchlings very well. The male usually feed the new adddition of the family.


Mourning Dove



The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. These birds are always around my backyard all year round.They are voracious eaters. They perch next to a feeder and do not move until they have finished all the seeds. Although they are excellent flyers and defend themselves well, their  strategy of being immobile not moving away, never works in front of a predator.


Northern Mockingbird



The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a mockingbird commonly found in North America. These birds never sease of amazing me. They are very serious about their “territory” and keep guard of it well. Also, they are bold enough to resist a larger predator bird to defend their own or help other birds within their “territory”.


Chipping Sparrow



The Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) is a species of New World sparrow, a passerine bird in the family Passerellidae. These birds come to my backyard every year, they are migratory. They are neat birds, love to travel in groups. they get along well with other birds, especially with other sparrows.


Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

6 thoughts on “Birds of the Week # 39

  1. I went back to the house that I grew up in after my parents died and two Mourning Doves were perched together on the top of the bench in the back yard.One of those moments that seemed significant to me.

    • These are strong birds, and beautiful too. my parents passed away years ago too. Thank you, Jane for sharing. πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely captures of each species, HJ! I have all these birds in my backyard too, and I am very much enjoying learning so much more about them now on a daily basis. This morning one pair of my House Finches was perched on the deck railing by my desk window where a few peanuts were laid out, I watched the male give his lady a peanut, it was so sweet! 😊

    • The HF are smart birds and dedicated to family integrity. Did you know that they feed their fledglings regurgitated seeds only until they are old enough to be on their own, the they could eat insect or invertebrates? Thank you very much, Donna. πŸ™‚

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