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These photos were taken over eight years in the backyard of our home near Mill Creek, Washington. This is a suburban neighborhood about 20 miles north of Seattle.
(Click on any photo for a larger image.)

Townsend's Warbler

Townsend's Warbler  

Although we generally have one or two of these warblers visiting our yard during January, in 2002, we had a male and female visiting our suet and sunflower feeders! This is the female.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee  

One of the regulars at the feeders, a Black-capped Chickadee in our flowering plum tree.

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin  

Pine Siskins come to our feeders in large numbers starting in November, and then taper off around February. Some continue to come all year round.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch  

Goldfinches mainly come to our feeders in the fall, although they are regulars at feeders elsewhere in the region throughout the winter.

House Finch

House Finch  

House Finches come to our feeders mainly in the late fall and then again in the early spring.

Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill  

Although we generally can hear "kip kip kip" as Red crossbills fly overhead, in 2002, we had them at our feeder for the first time! This is a female, sharing space with a Pine Siskin...

Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill  

... and this is one of the males. He doesn't look terribly red, but you can see the curviture of both mandibles. Both of these photos were taken in May of 2002.

Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill  

An immature male Red Crossbill, taken a few days after the shots above.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker  

A male "Red-shafted", photographed in our yard as he waited for access to the platform feeder. The flickers will also visit the suet feeders, and will even hang from the tube feeders to eat the seeds.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker  

Pileateds visit our yard frequently, occasionally taking suet, but often hammering away on the many large, dead trees in the back of the yard.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker  

This young sapsucker was photographed in our mountain ash tree in August of 1995. Although the tree is riddled with their holes, we only seem to get them once or twice a year.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird  

The only type of hummingbird we seem to get is Rufous. The males will arrive around March and generally will have left by early summer. The females and young, such as this one photographed feeding on our Buddleia, will be around as late as September.

Rufous Hummingbird (female)

Rufous Hummingbird (female)  

This female was discovered at our feeder in May of 2003

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird  

The male Rufous, at our hummingbird feeder

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing  

Our mountain ash tree is popular with the birds in the fall, particularly with Cedar Waxwings.

Cedar Waxwing (juvenile)

Cedar Waxwing (juvenile)  

They're quite ravenous when they come...

Western Tanager

Western Tanager  

This female is another bird that enjoys the mountain ash berries.

Steller's Jay

Stellar's Jay  

Stellar's Jays visit the platform feeders, and during the fall may come in groups up to four.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch  

A male, at our feeder in May of 2003.

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak  

A male Black-headed Grosbeak, visiting the platform feeder in May of 2003.

American Robin

American Robin  

Another bird that enjoys the berries in our yard

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  

Another year-round feeder regular

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch  

These are some of the cutest birds that come to our feeders

Bushtit

Bushtit  

Bushtits visit our feeders very infrequently, but a flock paid us a visit in February, 2002. The one in front is the female.

Bushtit

Bushtit  

The rest of the flock of the Bushtits, at the suet feeder, February, 2002.

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco  

A female "Oregon" Junco, at the feeder in October of 2002.

juv. Dark-eyed Junco

juv. Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco  

A juvenile "Oregon" Junco, which came through in fall of 2000.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker  

This female is one of the regulars at the suet feeder, although sometimes they will hang off the tube feeders to access the sunflower seeds.

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker  

The larger Hairy woodpecker is much more rare at our feeders. This male was spotted in October of 2002.

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow  

This sparrow showed up at our feeder in late April of 2002.

Band-tailed Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon  

A fairly regular bird in our yard, but uncommon at the feeder. When they do come, though, they may come in big flocks. This photo was taken in May of 2002.

Band-tailed Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon  

Another shot of a Band-tailed Pigeon in our yard, this time showing the neat tail band.

American Crow

American Crow  

A constant presence in our yard, this crow is feeding on mountain ash berries.


Townsend's Warbler Black-headed Grosbeak California Quail Snow Goose Cedar Waxwing Clark's Nutcracker
Red-throated Loon American Kestrel Black Oystercatcher Great Blue Heron White Stork Green Heron

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Christine Vadai
Kirkland, WA
Mailto: cvadai@gmail.com



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