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Robin Watch March 28, 2018

Filed under: Bird Food,Bird Identification,Bird Watching,Birds,Robins — Janet @ 4:28 pm

I spent a long time yesterday watching a robin eating berries from a bush in my neighbor’s garden.  This viewing was from the window in my study.  The robin was finally disturbed by the appearance of a Northern Flicker and off she flew.  But a couple of hours later I viewed a very similar or the same fat robin eating more berries.  This view was from my kitchen window.  What a joy.

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in both pictures the robin is approximately in the center – easy to spot with a magnifying glass – the robin’s back is turned in the second photo

that robin ate so many berries!

 

 

Swarms Of Little Brown Birds February 22, 2018

Filed under: Birds — Janet @ 11:58 pm

IMG_5256  On the suet cake – use a magnifying glass if necessary

 

Birds In My Garden February 21, 2018

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Seasons,Spring — Janet @ 9:59 pm

pine-siskin-thistle-feeder-christine-haines-2  Pine siskin  (from Birds & Blooms magazine)

I think this bird has appeared on my deck – along with numerous other little brown birds of various combinations of brown, white, and black -and yellow and red.

 

Signs Of Spring February 7, 2018

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds — Janet @ 3:15 am

I thought at first it was a robin on our deck today but no, robins don’t have black heads.  So I looked it up in our Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound book and sure enough it was a Black-headed Grosbeak.

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Where Is The Sun? January 28, 2018

Nothing but rain here in Seattle.  January is proving to be a long month.  My “garden” is a soggy mess.  ………  But I do have a lot of birds.  Hundreds, well let’s say many, little brown birds of delicate variations in size and pattern of coloring.  Nature is amazing.  However there is no problem in identifying the Northern Flicker – 2 of them visited my deck yesterday morning.

IMG_5100  Lone picture of a greedy squirrel.  The good thing is that he loosens the suet for the little brown birds who come along after he leaves.

The cat is in position for constant bird watching.

IMG_5103  Katerina aka Kat

 

Robins In The Holly Tree January 18, 2018

Filed under: Bird Food,Bird Identification,Birds — Janet @ 6:23 pm

IMG_5077  View from my desk – at least 3 robins flying about from branch to branch in the holly tree.  I can only spot one in this photo.  They look so pretty, especially when the sun shines to highlight the robin’s bright red breast against the red berries and the strong green leaves.

 

First Robin Sighting January 7, 2018

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Robins — Janet @ 6:13 pm

After 2 rather dull days of light rain there was a break this morning and the birds came out.  I think one was a robin high in the tree in our neighbor’s garden.  A majestic medium size bird with a bright orange breast.

american_robin_4  photo credit: Google