Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winter Scene

Trees are bare.  

Despite of the harsh climate, Anna Hummingbirds still visit here every day.  A tough bird for the cold temperature.

They have down feathers to stay warm.

"Can you see my down feathers?"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Noisy Visitor

The autumn days are over.  Yesterday was cold all day with the chilly air.  According to the Chinese lunar calendar, today is 立冬, meaning the winter arrival.  No wonder it was getting cold.

Stellar's Jay came a few times this season, making a lot of noise; his squawking is different from the Scrub-Jay's.

"The fall is over; now winter is coming!"

"Look at my pretty feathers, together with my fancy head crest."

"Wow, someone is staring at me!"

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Autumn Scene

Last weekend we enjoyed the warm autumn day.  The leaves are golden against the blue sky.

At a wetland,  many Canada Geese were around: some flying around and others still sleeping.

A large flock of Common Mergansers (ducks) were swimming across the reservoir diving for fish.

"Ready to catch one!"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Rare Visitor #3

Before the stormy weather last weekend, I found a Purple Finch visiting my backyard.  It is difficult to tell one from a House Finch.  Only when I enlarge the picture, I could tell the difference:  Purple Finch has the deep pink color and the white eyebrow.

"I stopped over to quench the thirst on a nice day."

"I look like a House Finch, but my color is deep pink."

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Rare Visitor #2

The blueberry leaves are getting red.

Under the old fruit trees, I discovered another rare visitor: Fox Sparrow

"I like to be hidden.  I need to kick the ground to find some bugs."

"A  Towhee was bullying me because he, a resident,
also kicks the ground to find food."

Thursday, October 12, 2017

An Rare Visitor

The autumn colors are showing up in the backyard.  

Japanese Maple

Once or twice a year I see a Stellar's Jay in my backyard.  My area is a Scrub-Jay territory, so Stellar's Jay, an invader,  is super vigilant.

"I have to be careful in the new place."

"Together with other birds, I am gabbling up the seeds."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Winter Birds

When the temperature goes down, so with the winter birds coming down here in the backyard.

"I'm the first returnee.  I can find plenty of seeds in the cold weather."

Here is a Chestnut-backed Chickadee, a little smaller than the other chickadee.

"The woods are already cold and have no food to be found."

Another winter bird:

"I'm Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  I just stopped over here
this fall and may come back later in winter."