I was walking in our neighborhood park when I spotted a group of Mockingbirds. I have rarely seen them in our yard so I was excited to see several in the park. As I watched the birds, I soon saw a young Mockingbird in the same area. They look quite in a disarray with their feathers all fluffed out. I wasn't sure what I was seeing at first but I took some photos and looked them up in my bird book when I got home.
Changing to Spring Clothes
Some birds change their colors in the springtime. One that does this in our area is the American Goldfinch. In the winter the bird has a brownish coat but as warmer weather approaches the feathers molt into a brilliant yellow color. They are a delightfully colorful little bird that I always enjoy seeing at our finch feeder.
The below photo shows the American Goldfinch in their winter coat. You will note they just have a touch of color under their beak.
The Birdbath a Popular Spring/Summer Hangout
The birds seem to love the birdbath in the warmer weather. Most birds just stop by for a drink, but the Robins love to hop right in for a splashy bath.
It seems like we are having a lot of Robins this spring. They don't really go to the feeders but they do love the birdbath.
New Bird for Our Yard
Whenever I see a new bird, I try to photograph them from several different angles. I then pull out my bird identification book and look for them. I also post photos online and ask for help or confirmation for my identifications.
The book below has been a big help in my bird identification.
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