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© Tammy Espino
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UploadedMarch 14, 2009
TakenMarch 13, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/500 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
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I watched this little verdin and his mate for about half a hour building their nest.
. The Verdin will often inhabit many Southwestern municipal areas.
The Verdin is a small bird with a gray back, white stomach and chest, a yellow head and throat, and a cinnamon spot on its wings. The young birds do not have the yellow and cinnamon colors like the adults.

Usually during the year the Verdins are tolerant of people except the during the nesting season. Other than when the Verdins pair up for nesting they usually go their own way by themselves.

Despite its little size it constructs an outstandingly large nest. The Verdin's nest is big and awkward, and a spectacle of bird architecture. Birders look at the ends of the branches of low, prickly trees or shrubs for the Verdin's nest. They also look for the nest in cacti and thorny bushes that grow in their chosen habitat. Usually when a bird watcher sees the Verdins carrying nesting material it is a sure sign they will lay eggs in the nest soon.
The nest is round, with a long neck similar in shape to a bottle. The Verdin The Verdins live in the nests during the cold winter desert months.

9 responses

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    Oh how cute!!! Nest building 101 has begun!!

  • solomon aseoche

    solomon aseoche gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    Beautifully capture and awesome image.....

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    Wonderful shot!


    JOE FAILK gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    Excellent capture!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (13 Mar 2009):

    Fantastic shot Tammy.... cute little bird...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Mar 2009):

    Wonderful series.

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    What a cute bird! Good to learn more about them too and their nest-building habits. Great shot.

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2009):

    Wow, what a great shot!

  • Alicia Bernal

    Alicia Bernal said (28 Jul 2009):

    It must be the artist in you who captured this beautiful photograph, one who is just in love with nature too...thank you too for informative text that helps appreciate your subject more.

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