Common Rosefinch, (?) Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 September 2016

Common Rosefinch, (?)
Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Observed
July 16, 2016

Location
Tilden Lake, Yosemite National Park
The North Yosemite Backcountry

I am unclear as to the identity of this bird. You know? Tell me! I just call him "Little Red."

 See the bigger images on the trail guide entry at Tilden Lake.

 

Situation
Hiking South out of my Tilden Lake Campsite on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail runs us  down the whole length of the trail along the South Shore of Tilden Lake. The trail runs close to the shore, with a irregular-width strip of verdant terrain between  lake and  trail.

I noticed this little guy sitting in the strip of terrain between trail and lake ahead of me as I was hiking along, so I slowed gradually to a stop as I approached while gently clicking to him. He observed me "sharply" for a second, as  I shifted from clicking to "sweet talking"  him, essentially telling him the truth. The truth was, "Wow, you are one good looking little bird," and other such complimentary words, all spoken in soft, earnest tones.
 

Little Red was quite an impressive bird. Curious, Brave, and Friendly, too.

A Sharp observation and quick analysis:
Nice chat with redheaded bird as I hiked along the shore of Tilden Lake in Yosemite.

Little Red heard tone and content in my kind words, and responded by taking a couple of friendly hops in my direction, cheeping out at me, then stopped and spread out his feathers like he wanted me to groom him:

Friendly Finch at Tilden Lake in the High Sierra.

 He actually, "fluffed up," which seemed really friendly. So I kept softly clicking and sweet-talking him while he jumped-around,  until I really needed to move down the trail. I was standing there under full pack. TIP times going up. So I did. (TIP Times: Time in Pack.)

Little Red did not retreat when I hiked past his position, but first hopped along a bit behind me, then took wing for short flights to catch up by landing just behind me. That went forty feet down the trail before Little Red and I went our different ways looking for our next encounter, with me hoping it's a friendly one for Little Red.

 

Trail Guide
Backpacking Tilden Lake, North Yosemite Backcountry

Backpacking Map
PCT-TYT Jack Main Canyon around Tilden and Wilmer Lakes

 

High Sierra Bird Reference
Handy picture-list of Sierra Birds

 

Background Note
Looks like little red was jumping around beds of Red Mountain Heather.
see
White Mountain Heather

Purple Mountain Heather

 

Have any idea what Little Red is called by science? I mean besides, "Little Red!" Post up your bird shot experiences, images, knowledge, and references.

 

Happy Trails !

 

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