Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
A lovely American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) perched in the Cedar tree in our backyard.
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 Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) checking things out over the grass in our backyard! And, yes, I’ve cut the grass since then!
An American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
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!
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
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!
On a gloomy very wet morning this male American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) in his bright breeding plumage, brightened my day!
An American Robin (Turdus migratorius) on the edge of our driveway, listening for lunch in the lawn.
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
A White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) looking fine sitting on our Cedar Hedge with some Magnolia buds just starting to burst open in the background. Makes great Bokeh!
A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) sits in the Cedar hedge waiting for it’s mate who was off at the feeder.
The local Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) likes to come into our yard, and sit on the old bench for awhile. Meantime, scaring the bejammers out of all the little birds!
Here in high key is a White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) perched in our front yard Japanese Maple.
A Spirea bush across the street from us has become a favourite spot for a small group of European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) to perch. Just as I was taking this shot, the sun was shining but a squall of snow blew through. It only lasted a moment and was then sunny again!
A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched in a Japanese Maple was singing it’s heart out! A great way to start the day!
A male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) enjoying the suet in one of our feeders.
A White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) looks to the east as the sun begins it’ climb in the sky
A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) perched on the branch of our snow covered Empress Tree!
A Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Yellow shafted, keeps and eye on the Starlings. They have a constant battle as to who’s going to dominate the suet feeder.
As our winter continues, a Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) in the snow
Early this morning a bunch of birds were perched in the branches of our Japanese Maple in our front yard. Here’s one of them, a Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) This bird is a westerner. It ranges from Alaska to Baja. This one is considered a first winter bird. It’s also all puffed up due to the fact that the temperature was Minus 4 C.