Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring Meal

Small yellow flowers, Yamabuki (Kerria japonica), are in bloom in my backyard.



A Ruby-crowned Kinglet comes to nibble on the suet during the cold months, but not any more.
Guess why.

"I've been busy catching bugs like this.  I am tired of the
suet, so the fresh bugs are my spring meal."


 Lately there is no hummingbirds on the sugar water feeder.  You know why?

"I am tired of the sugar juice. In spring, I
eat the bugs and slurp the blueberry flower nectar.  "

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring Visitor

In spring Purple Finches sometimes stop over.  They are deep pink colored, a lot brighter than a male House Finch.  


One day I saw two munching sunflower seeds.


Another day I saw one at the bath.


Then they eat the tender spring apple leaf buds.

"I love the spring delicacies."


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Back for Summer

A week later than last year, I saw a female Rufous Hummingbird.  Yesterday I finally saw a male Rufous at my feeder.  To avoid scaring him, I took photos thru the 2-pane patio glass door.  



He was happy to be back here.


Welcome back to Oregon.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Summer Birds

 A spring sunrise.
 The weather is changeable:  a few days of warm days followed by very cold rainy days.



At the nature reserve,  Tree Swallows, summer birds, already returned from the south.




They have decided which nest box to use and now are busy stuffing the nest.



Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Hunting Lesson

One day at a Natural Reserve just out of town, we witnessed a Red-tailed Hawk hunting a rodent for the first time.



That sunny, warm morning, he was sunbathing and cleaning the feathers earlier.  After we made a walk around and upon our return,  so did the hawk return back to the same tree.

Then, he was ready to jump off the tall branch right in front of our eyes.





Just for a short moment he hovered over the field.




And he darted to grab a victim (a rodent) and gulped in a second.


"Ummm, delicious!"

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Red Hairdo

One day at the nearby wetland, I saw a female Common Merganser swimming in the morning sun.


Upon noticing my camera stare, she dashed splashing the water.


On another time, she was with her mate floating in the distance.

"Stay away from us."

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring Time

Despite the chilly wind, the purple crocus began to bloom.



This winter I have not seen many Yellow-rumped Warblers as in the previous years.  This one is the only one I saw earlier this winter.   With the white spots on the head,  I identified it quite easily.

"I think I am an ugly duckling, different from
the majority of the pretty yellow-rumped"

Today I finally took a photo of another one.  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle Warbler with the white front neck).
"Too much development around here.  That is why
I could not get here like before.  I still like your suet."