Lawrence’s Goldfinch & Rufous Hummer 2-15-14

Three male Lawrence's Goldfinches

Three male Lawrence’s Goldfinches

Although I’ve found solo Lawrence’s Goldfinches on several occasions this winter, today I had five at the swamp and three in my yard.  These are the most striking finches we see around Jacumba.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

I’ve not seen one of these, or its close relative, the Allen’s Hummingbird since October 11.  This is is a Rufous Hummingbird.  Allen’s have extensive green on their backs.  Some Rufous Hummers have green backs also, making them difficult to differentiate.  If there is no green on the back, its a Rufous.

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

This spiffy Lincoln’s Sparrow appeared at my water feature this morning.