Backyard Birds: Verdin

The little yellow-headed birds have been busy again, playing hide and seek in the yellow blossoms of the palo verde and palo brea trees.

Now you see me …

Now you don’t.

For such tiny little birds (they are just a tiny bit bigger than a hummingbird) Verdin build quite large and interesting nests.

This nest was photographed in 2010, after the chicks fledged.

They like to construct their nests near the top of a shrub-like tree or large bush, but still remain somewhat hidden and sheltered.

Verdin don’t reuse their nests year after year.  This abandoned nest was quickly dismantled by the windy September weather shortly after the photographs.

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