The Verdin is a cute little bird about the size of a Black-capped Chickadee and just as flighty. They thrive in the southern border region of the United States and most of Mexico.
They are quite common, but hard to see. They bounce on branches with dizzying acrobatics in a search for food.
Being small sized, they dine on the tiniest of insects and spiders as well as wasp larvae, aphids and scale.
Birds play a huge role in the balance of nature. Without birds, all the pesticides in the world would not stop insects from defoliating our planet.
Secretive by nature in addition to small in stature, you need to be observant with a bit of luck to spot a Verdin.
Fortunately, Verdins forage at eye level in small trees and bushes, so if you are quiet and calm, they can be a beautiful bird to watch.
You might find a Verdin standing on one leg, holding a berry in his other foot and munching on it as he watches you.
He won't stay long, so enjoy the time you spend. Allan (Click any picture to enlarge.)
Credits: Audubon Field Guide,
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds