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:
- the night in early May when a BARRED OWL’s hooting woke us up shortly after midnight
- 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
- four days ago when RED CROSSBILLS showed up at our bird bath