First little chippy


This little guy was hanging out up in the tree tops munching on an old dried berry from last year with cobwebs clinging to the branches where surely leaves now reside. They were the first Chipmunk we noticed this spring and reassurance that winter had finally given way.

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

Songs of spring


Ahhh…the return of the Yellow Headed Blackbirds and their wonderful squeaky-raucous chorus making a walk around the local wetlands a wonderful springtime ritual.

“With a golden head, a white patch on black wings, and a call that sounds like a rusty farm gate opening, the Yellow-headed Blackbird demands your attention.”

That description from the Cornell Lab of Orinthology pretty much sums up these wonderful birds. Every spring we sit, listen and love to photograph the males belting out their tunes. If you have never heard these guys sing it is a sound you will not soon forget.

Brewers Blackbird


It’s always nice to get a good look at a Brewers Blackbird either through the binoculars or the camera lens. They are anything but black and the button eye always brings a grin to my face. In fact all the black birds we have in our area are a joy to observe and anything but ordinary when you get a good peek at them. Go….blackbirds!