Eye Color Counts

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This week’s photo, taken June 15, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features an adult female BUSHTIT.

BUSHTITS, adorable little birds found in the western half of North America, are weak flyers. So, it may not be a surprise to anyone that Bushtits do not migrate. Although they rank high in the cuteness department, in the air they look like they are barely going to make it to the next tree.

Female Bushtits have light-colored eyes, while males have dark eyes. Yet, when you observe a flock of feeding Bushtits, you might wonder where all the females are because the majority of the flock may seem to have dark eyes. Well, juveniles of both sexes have dark eyes, so you’re probably looking at decent numbers of females – albeit young ones.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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