Welcome to my weekly bird series.
'P' stands for pretty,plain and maybe pesky.
Today 'P' represents a variety of birds.
The male Purple Finch seen here is one of the pretty birds for today. Another view of this gorgeous bird.
Plain would probably describe the female Purple Finch. She lacks the vibrant color but is still a good looking bird. The Male Finch has a beautiful song as well. This 'P' bird, the Pileated Woodpecker used to be somewhat rare around here but that has changed. We see him often in various parts of town. Even when one doesn't see the bird,the large oblong holes he drills into the trees are a sure give away. Another rather plain bird is the Pied-billed Grebe. This is the smallest of the grebes. Grebes are known for diving under water to find food. I think pretty would also describe the Palm Warbler. Recently when I had the chance to watch him gleaning insects from the shrubs,I realized that he is tireless in his search. Some folks would say this last bird is pesky. I do like them a lot. On the coldest days of winter they show up and fill the air with their twitter. In flight they show patches of yellow on the wings. What's not to love about a cute little bird like this. I might add that the following picture is proudly displayed in our living room.