This week’s photo, taken March 18, 2013 at the Seattle Zoo, features a zoo visitor: an AMERICAN CROW. The crow alights for several seconds on a post about 12 feet away, providing me a wonderfully close, eye level photo opportunity. As an added bonus, the wall of the zoo gift shop produces a clean and colorful background.
Signs of spring are showing up in Seattle. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES are belting out their “FEE-bee” song. Two BUSHTITS are putting the finishing touches on their hanging nest that dangles surprisingly low in a pine tree. In the same tree, but higher up and out of view, a cautious BEWICK’S WREN pair delivers cotton-like material to a well-concealed nest. For the second time in ten days (and both times during daylight hours), we hear a BARRED OWL singing “Who cooks for you” while we walk our regular workout route through our neighborhood. This time, we follow the sound and eventually spot the large owl in a distant fir tree.