auriparus (from aurum, gold, and parus, titmouse) flaviceps (from flavus, tawny, and caput, head)
Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 10:40 am
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona
I spotted the Verdin foraging in the mesquite near the aviary. I don’t think I actually watched this bird for 10 minutes. I had a tendency to overestimate the length of my sightings in those days, and too much time has gone by for me to acurately remember. My companions went into the aviary while I remained outside to get a good look at the Verdin. I decided a bird in the wild was worth a whole bunch in a cage.