A Song by a Different Color

This week’s photo, taken October 17, 2012 at the Montlake Fill, features a SONG SPARROW, a very common species here. Those of you living in California may notice that “your” Song Sparrow has black streaking on the breast. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, Song Sparrows have reddish-brown streaking.

A trip to the Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area), just north of the University of Washington, produces a fine assortment of birds, including SONG, LINCOLN’S, SAVANNAH and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. From the reeds along the water’s edge, 2 MARSH WRENS chat nonstop. At the shore of another pond, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS glides in and executes a graceful landing, while an adult BALD EAGLE surveys the area from the sky.

 

“The Fill” is considered one of the finest birding sites in the Seattle area, and since it’s only 2 miles from our house, I plan to be a frequent visitor there.

 

Other Birds of Note:
BELTED KINGFISHER
ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD
NORTHERN FLICKER
CEDAR WAXWING
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

 

 

 

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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