Northern Shrike

January is one of my favorite backyard months.  So many visitors! Today a Northern Shrike popped in for a quick visit.  Having never seen a Northern Shrike this was quite a treat. Yeah!

Ridiculous, Squared

(No, I did not take the one amazing NSWO photo on this site.) The Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Apparently one of the more common North American owls, but you wouldn’t know it because they are tiny and impossible to spot.  Even with precise directions Dad and I had a hard time finding this little one.  In … Read more

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