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Hunting the Canes

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A Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicenis) hunting over a winter Raspberry field. Mountains in the background.


Red Crossbill

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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!


Stretch

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An Anna’s Hummingbird
(Calypte anna) enjoys a stretch of his wings, just before taking off .


Bright and Shiny

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A proud male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in the Rose of Sharon Bush


They’re Back

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The Dark-eyed Juncos ( Junco hyemalis) back! They go north for the Summer and then return here for the Winter.


On Watch

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A female House FInch (Carpodacus mexicanus) sitting in the Rose of Sharon Bush. She was keeping a sharp eye on something out there!


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!


Fun in the Bath

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Two European/Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) enjoy a bath on a warm Summer morning. The water was clear when they started!


My Buddy

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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!


leaving

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Here’s a European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) about half a second before it flew away!


Goldfinch

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An American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)


Peter…

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… Cottontail that is!  This cute little Bunny was eating the fresh grass in the ditch along the road.


Red Wing

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A Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) looking pretty in the sun


I See Those Peanuts

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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!


Singing

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A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched in a Japanese Maple was singing it’s heart out! A great way to start the day!


Two Mallards

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Here’s an archive shot from a couple of years back that I’ve always liked!  A pair of Mallard drakes, Anas platyrhychos.


Pretty Pintail

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A Northern Pintail (Acer acuta) looking very handsome as he swims through some greenery on the water.


Sunday Hum

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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.


Bookends

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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!


Deep in Thought

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This high key image is off a Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) on the branch of an Empress tree in our yard.


Happy Easter

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What better way to wish everyone a Happy Easter than these Lovey Doves in a Cherry tree!  Further from yesterdays post!

Happy Easter!


Outta here

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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.


Crazy Doo

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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!


Cruising

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A Northern Shoveler (Anus clypeata) swimming with his reflection