Archive - Jan 17, 2008

A trip back

This isn't the first time this great collection of pictures has appeared on this website, but the Library of Congress has added a few more thousand color pictures from the 1930s and 1940s since the time I last pos

House finch it is

An email just arrived from weblog reader Jerrianne in Alaska which contained this recording of a house finch. By gum, that is what the bird in the third picture below sounded like. Nothing like the bird in the second picture below sounded like this afternoon, but I guess they talk about different things at different times of the day, those birds do. Clever little beasts.

Bird mystery

Thanks for the feedback on the identity of the third red bird below. So far, the results are: 2 votes for house finch and one for pine grosbeak.

However, although the picture doesn't show it, the bird was absolutely tiny, and it had a complex call. The house finch that I took today, second picture below, had a very simple call.

The pine grosbeak is too big, I think.