LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Bird Visitor as Well

Our visitors last week spent a great deal of time watching our birds.  Many of our common birds are not seen in Wisconsin.  A frequent question from our guests was, "what kind of bird is that?"  They were especially thrilled to see the Pileated Woodpeckers swooping to the suet.  They had never seen a Tufted Titmouse.  At one point they asked, "What kind of bird is pale gray with brown streaks?"  I wondered what they could be seeing.

Finally I saw her for myself.  A gorgeous leucistic female Purple Finch!!!  Her body was white with light brown markings.  What a sight!





She seemed quite attractive to one of our male Purple Finches who started feeding her sunflower seeds.


Note the difference between the "normal" female on the left and the leucistic one in the middle.  The male has just fed her a seed.  You can see a glimpse of a male cardinal in back of the feeder.




She has been around now for several days, often sighted near one of the males.  Here's hoping they decide to nest here.  I would dearly love to see the offspring.




And so March Madness went out with a fizzle rather than a bang.  The final game was the worst game of the entire tournament.  Our favored Butler University team play as poorly as we have seen.  Even victorious UConn did not bring their "A" game to the floor that night.  Maryland coach (at the time) Lefty Drisell once said of his team, "Tonight they couldn't stand on the beach and hit the ocean."  That applied to Butler on Monday night.  What a shame that a team normally so good could perform so badly.

Too often we get so caught up in the NCAA Tournament that we forget that most of these players are teenagers.  No doubt the game was even more painful for them.  They felt they let themselves down and let their team down.  They felt they let their coach down, and their families and friends.


I think this photograph (taken from the Internet) best describes how the Butler team felt on that awful night.

But the sun came up on Tuesday and life goes on.  A hard lesson in the lives of these talented young men.

11 comments:

Rudee said...

I know spring is definitely here when you start showing the photos of the birds. Wish it would hurry north!

The championship was a sad, sad game, but overall, it was a wonderful tournament. I'm sure they were all exhausted by the last game and it showed.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a beautiful sighting of the new bird; would LOVE to see the babies too.
That photo of the athlete makes me so sad...they put in so much heart and hard work. Maybe next year.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Oh I love love love your bird feeder and your birds!!
The Finches were beautiful!!! I get some here but not a lot. We can't afford to buy the birds as good a seeds as we use to, so we don't have the special birds we use to get. I miss them so.
xx, Bambi & Fern

TaraDharma said...

what a delicate powdery color she is. I'm amazed at the variety in the Finch family. Sweet photo of the male feeding her a seed. That's love.

Cheryl said...

The leucistic female purple finch is so pretty.
It reminds me a little of our dunnock.

I hope she stays and breeds near to your home.....

canyoncottage said...

What a beautiful bird, is leucistic like a albino version of a bird?

troutbirder said...

So what was the normally colored female finch thinking? Perhaps blondes have more fun....

George said...

I don't think I've seen a leucistic female Purple Finch before. She's beautiful -- I can understand why the males like her company.
We were also disappointed in the final game, but in spite of it, we think Butler had a good run.

robin andrea said...

I love that you posted the photo of the leucistic female purple finch. I think I've been seeing one here at our feeder and couldn't identify her. Our newest arrival at our feeders-- the black-headed grosbeak. They believe spring has come!

Melissa Weisbard said...

The birds are gorgeous! I need to fill up my feeders so I can get some photos.

Vicki Lane said...

What a beautiful, fairy tale bird!