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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.



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




Sightseeing in the Skagit Valley December 31, 2017

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Seasons,Skagit Valley — Janet @ 3:12 am

26171658_927409447434169_3069594446595114016_o  Highly recommended,  I went early in December – a wonderful experience.