~Cave Creek Regional Park, Cave Creek, AZ, November 2017
Only 4.5 inches in length it is a tiny little bird. They are tough and thrive in hot desert environments. It is among the most characteristic birds of the desert, and it has one notable distinction: it is not closely related to any other bird in the western hemisphere.
It is not only tiny and tough, but it is beautiful with its bright yellow head and rufous shoulder patches.
The tiny Verdin, a gleaner of small insects and spiders from the foliage of desert vegetation, is most notable for its nest-building behavior. In addition to breeding nests, Verdins also build individual roosting nests whose insulation allows them to survive cold winter nights.
Verdins spend the night in their roosting nests, smaller versions of their breeding nest, but the birds still lose an average of 7% of their body mass during a winter night. Roosting nests may be built any time of the year and the interwoven twig structures may remain attached to a bush or tree for years. (some information taken from various birding web-sites)
NOTE: Thanks to Gay and her blog at good-times-rollin for mentioning in a blog she wrote about setting out an orange for the Verdins. Thank you Gay! Go to her blog by clicking – Here
The Verdins loved the oranges. Try as I might, I wasn’t able to capture one of these birds in a more natural environment at Cave Creek. Hopefully, I might have one at Catalina State Park. It was so much fun watching the Verdins.
5 thoughts on “~Birding in Arizona – Verdin”
What wonderful images! Love this little bird
Thanks! It is a beautiful little bird. One day one flew into our screen door on the coach. I was outside and Howard was sitting inside. I heard the sound and he said a bird flew into the coach. At this time we didn’t realize it was the screen door, good thing it was the screen!
I picked the Verdin up and placed it in a shady spot and watched until it flew away. It seemed to take awhile for it to recover.
stunned but rested up and was good to go!
I love seeing your pictures of different birds. The few that I have around my house are always chased away by Sadie before I can get the camera focused.
Hi Steve! Glad to hear from you. Hope the hounds are all doing well! Love their adventures! Thank you very much; glad you enjoy seeing them.