Nature Through My Lens

Birds

Mischief Maker

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri). Like most Corvids these birds are very intelligent and curious. Nothing goes unnoticed in the yard. Something new will be checked out within minutes! I was about 2 meters from this one!


Happy Singer

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A lovely Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) was busy picking the spilled seed out of the bird bath!


Flower Eater

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A House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) eating the petals of a Rose of Sharon flower!


A Gaggle

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This morning we had about 80 Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) in the Corn stubble field across the road from us. This is part of that group. The forground vegetation is Blackberry bushes. This is the only thing separating the geese from our street. Mind you it is about 7 feet high! A bunch of Crows were also in on the feast.


I’m So Cute …

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… I can hadly stand it! A juvenile female House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) wondering about it’s lot in life! We have had a bunch of these guys around lately.


Ms. Pretty

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A pretty female House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)


My Sweet Chicky

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A Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla) takes a look around from the broken branch of a Rose of Sharon bush in our yard.


Pretty Boy

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A pretty male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)


I’m Not Sure …

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… of this flying around business. A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in the Jasmine seems to be pondering it’s next move


Scruffy

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Here’s another shot of our old friend Scruffy the Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) It was in fine form today!  Just raring for peanuts.  It puts up quite a fuss when ignored!


A Glint in His Eye

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A pretty male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) drops by for a drink at the bird bath. Often overlooked and distained, the House Sparrow is a beautiful little bird with wonderful markings.


Scruffy

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This is a Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) that we have nicknamed Scruffy, living up to his name!


Mother & Son

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A female Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) and her fledgling son come into the Suet feeder for supper. She was really loading him up!  The Mother is the one on the left!


Feed Me

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Here’s a parent European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding a fledgling Starling a grub. Now it may just be me, but I see a definite face on the grub! Oh My, here I go Mum!!


Intent

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) intent on a peanut which is on the ground just off to my side.


Ready for My Bath

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys).  Just getting up enough nerve to jump into the bath.  It did soon after this shot!


Dark Eyes

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A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)


In the Wind

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Here’s a Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) having a bad hair day, thanks to the wind! It’s sitting in our Empress tree. The brown objects are flower buds which have been on the tree all winter and will soon bloom in lovely purple flowers!


Proud Pose

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A White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) perched on the top branch of a Jasmine bush in our backyard. We have had these guys in the yard all winter. In the last week or so their crowns have changed from a first winter brown to the adult white and black! They are all still here, at least 10 of them and they are all proud as punch


Flicker

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A Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) female. I’m glad to see this female around. She been away. Maybe now the male, her mate, will quite banging on our chimney!


Live Sunshine

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On a gloomy very wet morning this male American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) in his bright breeding plumage, brightened my day!


Robin by Robin

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An American Robin (Turdus migratorius) on the edge of our driveway, listening for lunch in the lawn.


Alone

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Generally always in a bunch, this Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) was in the middle of a field all by itself. Maybe waiting for it’s boy/girl friend!


In The Wind

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A White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) atop our Cedar hedge catches the wind in it’s feathers. This ones feathers are just starting to change to the adult white and black crown