This adorable bird is a rosefinch. This is a male, and apparently they molt and then the new feathers come in, dull at first and then they get redder with “wear”. I wonder exactly what that means? I’m guessing that means “use”, lots of wing flapping and flying.
We humans should be like that. The older we got, the more shiny and pretty we’d get. We experience “use”, lots of use, but I haven’t noticed myself getting brighter. Bummer.
Every so often, Oliver insists on being featured on the blog. He’s a jealous cat and he demands attention. When our little dog Max was still with us, Ollie DID NOT LIKE HIM.
Poor little dog, the cat would sneak up on him and nip him on the back of the leg. Such a beast.
So….in order to not get nipped in the back of the leg, I present an update on Oliver.
There…hopefully this will satisfy him for a time.
I’m missing the birds and their antics outside of my window into the woods….so I’m pulling some images out of the archives. I think I had up to nine bluejays feeding on this winter day. Such characters.
I’VE NEVER SEEN THE FEATHERS ON THE HEAD UP LIKE THIS BEFORE. IS THIS A FORM OF AIR DRYING THE FEATHERS? I SUPPOSE USING A BLOW DRYER MIGHT CREATE A FEW PROBLEMS…
I IMAGINE IF ONE FEATHER DOESN’T DRY RIGHT AND LAY FLAT IT MIGHT AFFECT THEIR FLIGHT ABILITIES.
I’M GUESSING THAT THIS IS A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. NONE OF THE OTHERS HAVE THE RED FEATHERS ON THEIR HEAD IN QUITE THE SAME WAY.
WHAT? DID YOU EXPECT SINGING AND DANCING? MAYBE A BUNCH OF US BLUE JAYS ROLLER SKATING?
WE ARE ALL TIRED…WE HAD A BIG WEEK SO WE ARE RESTING IN THE BUSHES AND IF WE DECIDE TO COME OUT THIS WEEKEND, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. BESIDES, WE NEED SOME TIME TO DIGEST ALL OF THE PEANUTS ZANNYRO GAVE US…SHE SAID WE WERE CELEBRATING SOMETHING…SHE EVEN GAVE US PARTY HATS…WE ARE WEARING THEM WHILE WE REST IN THE BUSHES.
PERHAPS YOU SHOULD BUY SOME HATS FOR THE BIRDS THAT COME TO YOUR HOUSE. EVEN THOUGH SPRING IS TRYING TO HAPPEN, OUR HEADS STILL GET A LITTLE CHILLY.