My attempt to make it to my 10 acres in Terlingua Ranch and make a go of living on it. From the start it hasn't gone good at all, but I'm hopeful things will turn around!
I don't know for sure but it could be a red crossbill. I can't see if its upper and lower bill crosses at the tip. A scarlet tanager has a lot more red on it. That is the only two I can think of. Of course it may be something that wondered north from South or Central America.
DD, I think they are only here in the summer so no telling where they come from?
They are House Finches...and you are correct that the red headed one is the male, common in most of the county but as you mention down south only part of the year.
That's nice to know. If I can ever get a picture of the black bird with a yellow head and breast I'll post and ask again.
You have described perfectly a bird that is known by that name...it's called Yellow-headed Blackbird. My wife and I see them rarely in Gate 7 on Terlingua Ranch.
I guess that would be a fitting name. ;)
Don't know about them being called house finches, around my part of Texas they are called Linnets.
Don't want to start any arguments, but looking at the pictures of both online it looks like they are two different type birds. He house finches seem to have the correct shaped bill.
I think you got the answer to your question...I would not have been able to help you anyway :(They are pretty birds anyway and must LOVE the warm weather of South Brewster county!
MsB, they probably just like the ice cold water dripping out of the ice chest from ice melt. It goes in to Shelah's water dish. Of course so does Shelah, all the critters and other birds around here to though.
Linnet's look very much like House Finch's but are found in Europe. Linnet breeding males are very colorful.
Yes they are house finches and the yellow headed blackbird is the other. All the birds are amazing they can find water anywhere. They also eat dog food if you leave it out
Madaleine, Shelah is good about sharing her food. Even the desert varmints and birds get fed around here. :) Of course she shares her water to.