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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

 

 

A Sad Day In The Garden October 29, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 10:56 pm

IMG_4618

IMG_4619    This little bird (sparrow) is so beautiful.  I just love the markings.  I’m sorry that the cat has succeeded again.  Mice o.k. – little birds no.

 

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.

 

Arriving Home After School October 7, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Family Photos,Fizz — Janet @ 3:35 pm

IMG_4503  What do my grandsons do when they get home from school?  Greet Fizz the cat and find a nourishing drink.

IMG_4504   And Fizz is a handsome cat

IMG_4505  meanwhile I went back to look more closely at this nest which I had seen on my way to meet the school bus.  Somehow it was just lying on top of a bush – I wondered how it got there – was it knocked out of a nearby tree?  Anyhow I was fascinated by the beauty of its construction.

See also the drinks mat I bought some time ago  IMG_4506

 

 

This One Got Away October 6, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 10:07 pm

IMG_4497  The cat appeared with this bird in its jaws.  She dropped the bird and then toyed with it.  The bird played possum and eventually outwitted the cat and escaped minus a few feathers.  So glad, she was beautiful.

 

Dearth Of Sparrows June 15, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Sparrows — Janet @ 6:32 pm

The flocks of sparrows – little brown birds – have been missing from my garden this year.   But today I felt renewed hope as there was a sustained burst of small birds flying back and forth as I looked out the window bright and early.  Had they just fledged?  In any event, I won’t tell the cat.

5cd2 red fox sparrow