White Crowned Sparrows, Blue Jay & Finches

This has been a great month for birding in my yard! This week I saw this beauty of a Blue Jay in one of my trees – the color just grabs me, I love blue!

Blue Jay
Blue Jay

Here is a lifer for me, a white crowned sparrow (male) was poking around in the shrubs with the house sparrows looking for seeds. The white caught my eye – and I’m glad it did! Another one for the yard list!

White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow

I never tire of the beautiful house finches, and I’m especially attracted to the orange ones, and I love the rain!

Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)

A couple of days after spotting the male White Crowned Sparrow in my shrubs – I saw this pretty gal in my grass – new bird for me = happy day!

White Crowned Sparrow (female)
White Crowned Sparrow (female)

Until Next Time!

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Another Rainy Morning – with a surprise Cooper’s Hawk!

As I woke up this morning, I could hear the rain drops fall on the bedroom window.   Bleary eyed, I walked over and opened the curtains.  There wasn’t much light – it was a dull cloudy rainy day.  I peered down toward my feeder and saw some house sparrows having breakfast – then my eyes noticed a large darker spot on my fence at the back of the yard….  I rubbed my eyes and eventually the image of a hawk jumped at me and I shrieked with surprise ( which woke my daughter from her sleep wondering what was wrong).  “Sorry! Nothing’s wrong!” I called as I ran downstairs to get my camera – “but there’s a raptor in our yard right now!”

I was scared he would be gone by the time I was able to grab my Canon, set it for the low light, and sneak out the back door.   I opened my door and was partially hiding behind the closest tree so as not to scare him off.  He was about 30 feet away when I poked my lens around the tree and within a second he saw me so I snapped fast before he flew away.  Needless to say, I was wide awake after that refreshing rain and excitement….  First Raptor in my backyard birding adventures! 😀

Coopers Hawk in the Rain
Coopers Hawk in the Rain
Soggy Coopers Hawk
Soggy Coopers Hawk
Coopers Hawk - Check out those talons!!
Coopers Hawk – Check out those talons!!
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A Rainy Day in the Backyard

It’s dark and gloomy outside and raining on and off all day, still I wanted to see who might be about in the garden despite the weather.  Mr. Squirrel was scurrying around looking for snacks,  a few House Sparrows fluffed themselves up on the branches of the Mayday and a little black-capped Chickadee helped himself to some seeds from the feeder.  It’s a chilly day but we know it won’t last…

A Black 'Eastern Grey' Squirrel
A Black ‘Eastern Grey’ Squirrel
House Sparrow in the Rain
House Sparrow in the Rain
Black-Capped Chickadee
Black-Capped Chickadee
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