Those Blue Legs

Always looking delicate and elegant and with those beautiful blue legs in full display and American Avocet wades through a shallow poll in search of a meal earlier this spring.

It’s hard to believe many wading birds will soon begin the perilous journey back south for the winter. Given this summers heat wave across the American west we hope some the the pools and ponds these birds rely on for their fall migration have not dried up to the point of leaving them high and dry. Migration is a dangerous business and climate change is making it more dangerous every year.

Let’s Chat

There is a unique pleasure associated with spending a night camping next to the homes of a couple a male Yellow-breasted Chats during the spring courting season. Prolific singers in early morning and evening light but it was the all night singing during the breeding season that made for a memorable experience.

Males have a large repertoire of songs made up of whistles, cackles, mews, catcalls, caw notes, chuckles, rattles, squawks, gurgles, and pops, which they repeat and string together with great variety.

That all night singing had us thinking it was dawn yet it was only 1 a.m. and wondering wonder….is this a dream?

The Yellow Breasted Chat is classified as a warbler but a warbler head and tails above other warblers in size as well as having a somewhat distinct shape A large head and neck as well as a long tail really make the Chat a very unique looking bird.

Yes, an evening spent in chat is an evening well spent.

Good pickings

good picking A Black-capped Chickadee found this plant good pickings indeed. Plucking flowers and extracting bugs and seeds.

Sometimes right side-up and sometimes right side-down there was work to be done.

Wishing you good pickings and a wonderful weekend.

As the tide went out

As the tide rolled slowly out the Black Oystercatchers rolled in to feast on mussels freshly exposed. As this pair feasted on mussel and crab we feasted on that brilliant orange bill , yellow and orange eyes and pink legs of these beautiful birds in the early evening light. And oh yes, that wonderful call when they take to the air.

Seeing and hearing the Black Oystercatcher always gives us the feeling we have reached our destination on our occasional trips to the Pacific coast.

White-crowned Sparrow

An immature White-crowned Sparrow soaking in some of the golden morning sunlight.

We love listening to adults sing their songs each spring and according to the All About Birds website:

A young male White-crowned Sparrow learns the basics of the song it will sing as an adult during the first two or three months of its life. It does not learn directly from its father, but rather from the generalized song environment of its natal neighborhood.bird