Backyard birds, Common birds:
I didn’t post for a month or so. The fires bracketing Winthrop turned the air into something you could make smoke signals with…if you could find clear air for contrast. The birds weren’t happy, neither were the residents, and the light was a lackluster gray.
But, that changed two weeks ago, and migration is on. Our backyard bushes filled with warblers this week. First, the orange crowned. You can tell it’s an orange crowned warbler, because it lacks all identifying characteristics, best described as a ‘generic’ warbler. There is a rarely seen orange crown, visible when it bathes.
Fellow warblers Wilson’s
and yellow rumps also visited the same day, passing through on their way to Central America, I think.
Meanwhile, some common birds tolerated my approach in a kayak at Pearrygin State Park (the Methow is blessed with an abundance of publicly accessible land). A great blue heron portrait:
A crow eating a tidbit undoubtedly stolen from a camper.
An osprey devouring a fish:
And, lastly, a red-necked grebe not usually found on these waters.
Thanks for reading.