Watching the birds and tending my patch of the Sonoran Desert
Friday, March 19, 2010
Bird Sightings: a Phainopeplas
Every morning as I head from my vehicle to the building where my office is located, I scan the desert, watching for birds. My office building is located near some undeveloped desert, and I see different birds there, than visit my home feeders. I spied this little guy today, and looked him up at the Arizona Desert Museum website. The Phainopeplas is one of 4 species of silky fly-catchers and he mainly feeds on the mistletoe berries. There are several trees in the desert nearby that are overgrown with parasitic mistletoe so that explains his presence in the area. He really looks just like a black cardinal- with his pretty spiky crest.