Beginning in July 2020, I'm rebuilding my bird pages. In the new format, you will be taken to separate pages for additional photos and information on each bird. Those additional pages may be bandwidth-intensive and best visited using a high-speed connection.
As the reorganization proceeds, birds you see below may be moved to different descriptive pages.
Old Format, Not Yet Updated
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
The "Oregon Junco" variant, found across much of the western U.S. including in Albuquerque, has a hood, a brown back, and a reddish patch on each side. The male's hood is dark gray while the female's is light gray. While I found a pair ground-feeding in the Sandia foothills on New Year's Day 2018, they also come to my back yard in town (especially in the winter). I scatter bird seed on the patio slab for their benefit.
Rufous-Sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
The second part of the Latin name for this bird means "red-eyed." That attribute is obvious here. A jumpy hand-held video (recorded in the Sandia Mountains foothills in May 2020) provides this towhee's call; click here to listen.
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
Not great images, I know, but they show the colorful plumage—including the contrast between the front and the back. This was one of a pair hanging out at Rock Tank.