Brilliant

I never tire of the brilliant color of a Male Western Tanager. We recently got to see a nice group of 5-6 males hanging out in trees of a thickly forested area. They were busy moving about foraging but luckily we did get a nice photo or two when they moved between the branches whereas the females although present remained quite hidden.

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Hearing the Chickadees calling in the trees above our heads we expected to look up and see either a black-capped or mountain chickadee as we had seen them earlier this day. However to our surprise we we greeted by this little Chestnut-Backed Chickadee looking down at us and hunting insects just above our heads.

The all about birds website starts their description of this bird by calling them handsome and I would have to whole heartedly agree with that.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chestnut-backed_Chickadee/id

Pee-yew

Skunks may not smell so sweet but you have to give them a “10” for looks.

For us Skunks are smelled more than seen so it was nice to see one in daylight wandering about looking for a meal. Anyone out there have any good stories about skunk encounters to share? Mine mostly involve dogs getting sprayed and the resultant tomato juice bath for the poor pooch.