Varied Thrush

I saw my first Varied Thrush just a few weeks ago, on Vashon Island.  Ordinary, I suppose, but beautiful nonetheless. Today, hot on the heels of my visiting Band-tailed Pigeon, I caught a peek of a Varied Thrush scooting through the arborvitae.  Conveniently, the recent snow, snow, snow pushed down a chunk of one arborvitae … Read more

Band-tailed Pigeon

Dad asked me, “Did you see that bird?  It doesn’t look quite right…” I did see the bird and I knew exactly what he meant by “not quite right”. We have so many doves, both Mourning Doves and Eurasian Collared-Doves.  They move between gathering in the Big Tree behind the backyard to the Big Tree … Read more

Labor Day Lovelies

Snapped at the Northern Pacific Railroad Ponds – definitely a hot spot worth visiting.  Particularly if you are interested in the Turkey Vulture. As you head down Charter Road toward the ponds, to the left you will see a large (currently) leafless tree filled with Turkey Vultures.  I counted fourteen in the tree.  There were several … Read more

The Birdies Have Landed

I’m not sure if the fires have caused my little buddies to scurry downhill earlier than last year, but I don’t recall so many birds returning so swiftly and in such numbers last year. Today the yard hosted: 23 Eurasian Collared-Doves 5 Mourning Doves 3 Northern Flickers 9 Red-winged Blackbirds 7 Brewer’s Blackbird 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds 1 … Read more