Birds in the Yard

I seldom bother to post pictures of my yard except when flowers are in bloom, or hummingbirds are about. But my bird feeder might actually be a greater source of joy during the winter when I’m less likely to get out to natural areas.

Most of the time I content myself with watching the large numbers of Black-Capped Chickadees and Oregon Juncos that visit the feeder, but lately I’ve been entertained by this flicker,

Red-Shafted Flicker

which seems remarkably shy for a bird that chooses to visit a bird feeder.

The five Stellar Jays that visit are much less shy, but there’s something about the contrast in their feathers that makes it difficult to get a good picture, at least one that manages to capture the brilliant blue of their feathers and still render their darker head feathers.

Stellar Jay At Feeder

3 thoughts on “Birds in the Yard

  1. I’d go so far as to say that blue is stellar.

    I’ve always liked the geometric patterns of flickers’ feathers, here you see some of their chevrons and circles.

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