Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill. Northern Cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs.
Northern Flickers are widespread and common, but numbers have decreased by an estimated 1.2% per year between 1966 and 2019 for a cumulative decline of 47%, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.
The Spotted Towhee is one of the most common birds that look like robins but aren’t. Their widespread habitat covers California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada, Southern British Colombia, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and more.
Rufous-sided towhees can be found throughout most of the United States and they breed from southern Canada down to the southern states and California. These towhees are fairly numerous in Wallowa County but prefer the most brushy habitats such as all along Joseph Creek.
Are Rose-breasted Grosbeaks rare? The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is not a rare or endangered songbird. Though it experienced a 35% decline between 1966 and 2015, it maintains a global breeding population of 4.1 million.
A robin’s red breast may look beautiful to us, but to other robins it’s a mark of how hard he is… The robin’s distinctive red breast is a beautiful sight as it’s seen against a backdrop of fresh snow.
Females and immatures are brown and heavily streaked, with a bold whitish stripe over the eye. Males flash pink-red under the wings; females flash yellowish. Both sexes show white patches in the wings and tail. These chunky birds use their stout bills to eat seeds, fruit, and insects.
The Rose Headed Grosbeak is an omen focusing on matters of the heart. The rose coloring tells you to find your heart song for healing; it suggests a time for forgiveness so a relationship can move forward again.
Cardinal Meaning and Symbolism
For many bird lovers, the sight of a cardinal holds special meaning, sometimes evoking emotional or spiritual feelings. They say the vibrant red bird is an uplifting, happy sign that those we have lost will live forever, so long as we keep their memory alive in our hearts.
Many people believe the sighting of a cardinal can be a sign of good luck, loyalty, or even a spiritual message. Native American lore states if a cardinal is seen, it is believed that individual will have good luck within 12 days of the sighting. Cardinals are incredibly loyal creatures.
Tied with the blood of Christ, the cardinal represents the eternal life-giving nature of Jesus and His ministry. Seeing a female cardinal means that you will receive good news or something positive will happen for you in the future.
The male Red-breasted has a very rich rusty-colored breast and a pitch black crown while the female’s breast is a very light rust color and her cap is a washed-out black or dark gray. Naturally both sexes sport the flashy black eye line and white eyebrow.
Red Finch Population
There are an estimated 267 million – 1.7 billion red finches in North America. The conservation status of red finches is Least Concern.
Their plant-based diets might suggest peace-loving passivity, but House Finches can be very aggressive, especially at feeders. In fact, they’re so territorial around food and nest sites that they’re one of the only birds known to fight off non-native House Sparrows.
Like other Birds, the Finch represents movement and ascent. As you fly a spiritual path, Finch reminds you to stick to your true North. Finches have no tight connections to other Elements besides Air, denoting freedom, achievement, and life’s invigorating breath.
In Native American traditions, flickers are lucky birds associated with healing, medicine, and visitors. Additionally, the flicker’s plumage associates these birds with the sun. The Lenape tradition associates flickers with symbiosis, balance, and nurturing.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers have a black-and-white barred back and red nape whereas Northern Flickers have a black-and-brown barred back and a gray nape.
Northern Flickers in western North America have red under the tail and wings, where Gilded Flickers are yellow. Northern Flickers also have less brown on the head than Gilded Flickers.
Male Spotted Towhees have jet-black upperparts and throat; their wings and back are spotted bright white. The flanks are warm rufous and the belly is white. Females have the same pattern but are grayish brown where males are black. In flight, look for white corners to the black tail.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.