25 June, 2013
More Birdwatching pics
PYRRHULOXIA a gray and red crested bird related to cardinals. The bird's crest was amazingly tall and held in a forward position. They really don't look a whole lot like the pictures in bird guides, and it seems the red areas can vary. I don't think I'd ever seen one before! I saw it again the next morning, and it appears they know the feeders well now so they probably visit often, we just don't always catch their visit.
Doves also balance on top of all three feeders including the round wire mesh basket hanging from a tree. They seem to be able to manage getting some food out, but mostly the pigeons and doves hang out just below the feeders and scoop up what gets dropped.
About Phoenix's feral lovebird population
More about feral lovebirds in Arizona
The weather report says we'll be near 120 by the weekend. And yes, we have a birdbath too, I fill it at least once a day!