Two of the most iconic Summer birds

Two of the most iconic Summer birds

The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.

 

American Robin: American Robins are one of the most well recognized birds in the United States. Look for them in backyards or on grass at parks as they search for earthworms, tugging them out of the ground with their beaks.

Fun Fact: Robins change what they eat depending on the time of day. In the morning you might catch them eating earthworms on lawns and in parks. Later in the day, they eat more fruit.

 

House Finch: The redder the plumage on a male House Finch, the easier time he’ll have finding a mate. That’s because the females are attracted to the reddest males they can find. Why? The males get their red color from the food they eat. The more vivid the red, the more likely he’ll be good at finding food for their young.

Fun fact: House Finches exclusively feed their young plant foods. Even among vegetarian birds this is unusual. Many vegetarian species feed their young animal foods to give them extra protein.

 

At first glance: You may just notice a few birds in your yard or neighborhood. But spend a little more time, and you’ll start to recognize repeat visitors and witness extraordinary behaviors like territorial fights, courting and mating, elaborate bird songs, foraging, and nest building. Our world may feel routine or mundane at time, but theirs rushes forward during the most exciting time of year — spring migration and baby bird season. You couldn’t ask for a better live performance right outside your home.

 

If you would like to learn more about the birds you see around town, visit https://audubonportland.org/

Photo Credits: American Robin by Scott Carpenter, House Finch by Mick Thompson