Nature Through My Lens

Posts tagged “Backyard

Goldie

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A lovely American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) perched in the Cedar tree in our backyard.


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!


In the Grass

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A Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) checking things out over the grass in our backyard! And, yes, I’ve cut the grass since then!


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!


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


Waiting

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A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) sits in the Cedar hedge waiting for it’s mate who was off at the feeder.


Sharpie

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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!


At the Suet

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A male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) enjoying the suet in one of our feeders.


In The Snow

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) perched on the branch of our snow covered Empress Tree!


On Watch

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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.


In the Snow

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As our winter continues, a Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) in the snow


Stellar’s Jay

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)


Winter Hummer

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I hadn’t seen my Hummers for a week or so, but they both showed up today. This is the male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) flashing his colours!


Up to It’s Knees

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Here’s a White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) up to it’s knees in last nights snow. That’s assuming it has knees, which it doesn’t!


Sitting Pretty

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A White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) perched on the top of our Cedar hedge.


Bookends

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The other day, we bought a new feeder. It is proving to be very popular with the birds and has be very busy. Here a pair of male House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus). The one on the left is the normal colour and the one on the right is an Orange morph.


Curious

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In a tangle of branches this Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) seems to have an interest in something nearby.


Spring Love

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A pair of House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) perced on a branch of the Empress tree.


The Singer

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A Pacific Northwest Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) singing from atop a brush pile.


Lost

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Here’s a cute little Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) in the bush. I have never seen one alone before. I guess this one got seperated from his flock. It flitted around this bush, calling and calling. It finally settled here and looked quite glum in the rain. It wasn’t long before it’s family flew in and they were united!