A Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicenis) hunting over a winter Raspberry field. Mountains in the background.
Here’s another rare visitor, to our garden anyway, a female Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) sitting on a branch just about one of our Sunflower seed feeders!
An Anna’s Hummingbird
(Calypte anna) enjoys a stretch of his wings, just before taking off .
A proud male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in the Rose of Sharon Bush
The Dark-eyed Juncos ( Junco hyemalis) back! They go north for the Summer and then return here for the Winter.
A female House FInch (Carpodacus mexicanus) sitting in the Rose of Sharon Bush. She was keeping a sharp eye on something out there!
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!
Two European/Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) enjoy a bath on a warm Summer morning. The water was clear when they started!
Here’s my buddy, we nickname it Scruffy! It’s a Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) and it’s sitting on the edge of a small fountain in our garden. It’s about 5 feet away from me and giving me the eye!
Here’s a European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) about half a second before it flew away!
An American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
… Cottontail that is! This cute little Bunny was eating the fresh grass in the ditch along the road.
A Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) looking pretty in the sun
A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is focused on the peanuts I put on the patio table. This is a new one as It wouldn’t come in while we were there! Old Scruffy would have been right in there!
A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched in a Japanese Maple was singing it’s heart out! A great way to start the day!
Here’s an archive shot from a couple of years back that I’ve always liked! A pair of Mallard drakes, Anas platyrhychos.
A Northern Pintail (Acer acuta) looking very handsome as he swims through some greenery on the water.
Another shot of the Hummer series. A female Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) catches the sun as she sits on a branch of our Butterfly bush.
A pair of American Goldfinch males, Spinus tristis, on the Niger Feeder. The whole yard was in shadow with the sun going down except for a beam of light, highlighting these two birds! It was quite amazing!
This high key image is off a Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) on the branch of an Empress tree in our yard.
What better way to wish everyone a Happy Easter than these Lovey Doves in a Cherry tree! Further from yesterdays post!
An American Coot dives just as the shutter clicks. I am very interested in time and water movement. This is a great example of both.
A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) in the bushes taking a break from trying to feed in the pouring rain. There are six subspecies of Junco, this one in an Oregon.
I love the hairdo this bird has! Wet feathers, what can one do!
A Northern Shoveler (Anus clypeata) swimming with his reflection