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Northern Flicker Relations November 17, 2017

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Northern Flicker — Janet @ 5:39 pm

yellow_bellied_sapsucker_sim_1   Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker

Photo credits: Cornell Ornithology Lab

At first I thought the bird I saw on my deck this morning was a small Northern Flicker.  He or she didn’t stay long and of course I didn’t have my camera handy.  But I googled and suspect it might have been one of the above or one of another related species, like below.

red_bellied_woodpecker_11  Red-bellied woodpecker

Or maybe it was a different species altogether

images European starling  European starling

 

Late Fall Color November 13, 2017

Filed under: Autumn,Bird Identification,Birds,Colours — Janet @ 7:58 pm

IMG_4679  along my street in Seattle

IMG_4678  I’m not sure what this bush is called

IMG_4680  this is the path to my house and if you look closely there is a little brown bird (a sparrow?) upper center left at the edge of the pavement – I rather like this picture – it certainly is late autumn

 

 

Two Northern Flickers October 10, 2017

Northern Flicker feeding young ones  photo credit: internet

I spotted 2 Northern Flickers in our garden this morning.  Exciting to have them reappear after an absence of a few months.

 

A Big Black Bird On My Deck May 4, 2017

Filed under: Apple Blossoms,Bird Identification,Birds,Crows,Ravens — Janet @ 3:21 pm

IMG_3100             IMG_3102

It’s misty this morning but the crow or raven is clearly visible!  Kind of scary.

IMG_3098  view from another window – the apple blossoms are just lovely

IMG_3099

 

Colorful Birds February 23, 2017

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds — Janet @ 10:41 pm

red-headed-finch  A bird like this has been perched on a branch next door for about 5 minutes. I wonder if it’s a house finch.   A relatively plain finch has stayed steadfastly nearby.  I wonder if they are “friends”.   Sometimes I wish I had a telephoto lens.

 

Where Is The Robin? February 7, 2017

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Colours,Spring — Janet @ 12:02 am

robin-from-naturalist-notebook  photo credit: The Naturalists Notebook

img_2311  View from my kitchen window Feb. 4

 

Little Brown Birds January 2, 2017

Filed under: Bird Food,Bird Identification,Birds,Cats,Katerina,Squirrels — Janet @ 6:12 pm

I love the little brown birds that come and go from my deck.  They remind me of Kenya and the many trips we made to the game park near Nairobi.  I had a friend who would say “just another little brown job” – disappointing when we were on the lookout for something a bit rarer.

img_2089  Katerina waiting for a “catch”

 

img_2121  nothing

 

img_2126  nothing

 

img_2114  just the ubiquitous squirrel(s)