The Yardbirds


This week’s photo, taken June 16, 2013 through our dining room window in northeast Seattle, WA, features one of 5 RED CROSSBILLS that dropped by to bathe in our front yard bird bath. Crossbills spend a lot of time in the tops of conifers, where they use their unique bills to extract the seeds from pinecones. It’s a special treat when they come down to our level for some easy viewing by ground-dwelling humans.


If the title of this post makes you think of a sixties rock band, then you probably qualify for the senior discount at your local restaurant. The title refers to the birds we can enjoy without leaving the comfort of our home. So far this year, we have seen or heard 26 species of birds in our yard here in Seattle.

Some of the more notable visitors:







The 3 most exciting avian events in our yard this year:

  1. the night in early May when a BARRED OWL’s hooting woke us up shortly after midnight
  2. the morning in early May when a MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER (the only one I’ve seen anywhere this year) foraged in a leafy tree in our backyard
  3. four days ago when RED CROSSBILLS showed up at our bird bath

About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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3 Responses to The Yardbirds

  1. Fabius Fox says:

    Joe, Yardbird is Charlie Parker, the great jazz alto sax player. Great pictures. Thanks, Fabe Fox

  2. Chris says:

    Jim and I had an interesting bird encounter this afternoon. We were on a country road near our home, lined with tall leafy trees, hearing what sounded like a begging baby bird, very hard to get bins on because of the thick leaves overhead. At last we got a pretty good look at the bird, which had a pale streaky pattern on the underside and dark upper parts. And a flash of a yellow bird with it. After chasing it from tree to tree while it continually made the begging call, we finally saw that it was being attended by two Wilson’s Warblers who together were much smaller than the “baby” which we now suspect was a Brown-headed Cowbird baby. Nature makes that call irresistable to parents I guess.

  3. Reblogged this on Wedgwood in Seattle History and commented:
    Valarie says: Northeast Seattle photographer Joe Sweeney illustrates how it is possible to enjoy birdlife while staying indoors! Attract birds to your yard and enjoy watching them. Birds are a wonder of nature and watching them helps us be thankful to God for all that He has created for us to enjoy.

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