“Bird of the Year”

Being today the last day of the Summer, it occurred to me doing a quick  analysis of all the daily visitors birds that have visited my backyard during the past Spring and Summer. My conclusion was that by far the House Finch have been the most prolific bird of the year in my backyard!

My own observations has brought me closer to my backyard as a bird habitat. I have made my own rules when it comes to watching birds or shooting pictures of them.

One of my rules is that I don’t like to disturb any nests at all. It would serve no purpose to me. I’m aware of the existence and locations of several nests which I just see them from afar.

I ‘m very careful not to destroy any nests when I  mow the grass, trim the bushes in those areas or if I’m in need to trim some  trees that have extended their branches too low or too wide.

These type of finches are in most cases part of a small flock that live in the area and they usually visit the feeders in a group, I believe that gives them more clout versus other birds.

Once they have found their mates and fly as a couple, they become almost inseparable until build their nest and the female lays her eggs, then they take turns to procure the necessary nourishment for both and later for the hatchlings. They’re excellent parents.

Here are some photos of these wonderful birds. Enjoy!

Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101


All photographs © H.J. Ruiz – Avian 101

House Finch Update

I wrote a post on July 11, 2013 about a yellow House Finch that visited my backyard. Well, today’s post is a kind of update on this bird, he came back and I could snap a few pictures, he has grown and looks strong and yellow.

It pleases me greatly when I can see a particular bird return to my backyard, normally, very seldom you see birds return after a period of time that can be recognizable.

It’s different when they nest locally and you can actually see them daily and even name them e.g. “Wonder Boy”



Text and photographs © H.J. Ruiz – Avian 101

Ups and Downs

Life in the bird’s world is very much alike as life for humans. Not everyday is glamourous and peachy, we have to face the odds of getting in an accident, sick, killed in a 1000 ways or simply become invalid.

The same way is for our friends the birds in the wilderness, they too confront the hardships of life as well as a complete life cycle as average.

I’m posting this subject because once in a while I see birds that have suffered some kind of incident whether lethal or accidental.

Last Monday I shot some photos of a young House Finch that appears to have been attacked and injured, resulting on a lost of an eye and part of his tail feathers. He was able to fly and there was nothing that I could do to help him.

It was sad to see a beautiful bird in that condition. I hope that he recuperate soon and continue his life cycle even when he’s handicapped.

House Finch (M) Blind of one eye

House Finch (M) Blind of one eye

B-0848 B-0849Text and photographs © H.J. Ruiz – Avian 101