Saturday, May 1, 2010

Red-head?

Today I heard ornithologist Bridget Stutchbury talking on Quirks & Quarks. I think I heard her say that the white on a White-crowned Sparrow's head is seen by birds as infra-red. (Is that correct?) Even though it is impossible to imagine what an infra-red head looks like, I am now even more impressed by White-Crowned Sparrows than I already was.

My guess is that this guy looks yellow to almost everybody.

And to him, they probably both look delicious.

6 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

I didn't know that about the white crowned sparrow. What is the bird with the yellow on it? We don't see them around here. Great photos.

Hugh said...

Crafty, It's a Common Yellowthroat, a kind of warbler. You should have them in your area, but they are shy. Listen for them near streams and wetlands: "Wichety wichety wichety wichety!"

KaHolly said...

Hugh, Your sense of humor and the way you perceive things is always such a delight! That's new to me about the White-crowned. What a lovely photo of the Common Yellowthroat, always a favorite of mine, probably because it's so easy to i.d. by ear and impress everyone with!! But, maybe because it's a beauty, too. ~karen

Karen said...

So, to you, what does the WCS say? One local birding expert told me "Me me me, pretty pretty me" or something like that, and a book I have has the more, um, earthy (and, it seems, less accurate) "I-I-I-I gotta go wee wee wee now."

Urban Wild said...

I read in my ornithology manual that birds can see WAY more than we can, and way more colors than we do. So think of it this way: if that Common Yellowthroat male looks beautiful to us, imagine what a female yellowthroat must be seeing!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I always like hearing those "animals can or can't see this ir that color" statements. It makes me question everything, from my senses, to what the scientists might have been researching.