Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fidgety little birds
On Sunday I took my usual walk at the Desert Botanical Garden. It was an almost perfect day to be outside. (Sorry, all you snow country people.) While I was there, I got myself an iced tea and took a seat away from the crowds under a huge cascalote tree. That's where I noticed a bit of activity up in the foliage and around the yellow blooms on the tree. There was a group of Verdin flitting around in the tree looking for insects to feed on. Verdin are tiny little birds, only about 4.5 inches long (11cm) and they are members of the Penduline tit family. They are the only members that can be found in the Western Hemisphere.
I've seen these birds at the garden before and I've tried many times to get some photos of them but, they are on the move constantly. I sat under that tree for an hour with telephoto lens in hand and shot off around 40 photos before I gave up. These are the only two worth showing. It seems these birds never sit still, not for one second.
Oh well, it was a beautiful day to sit under a tree and drink iced tea. I'm not complaining.