This week’s photo, taken August 2, 2014 on Whidbey Island, WA, features a CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, a colorful chickadee of western North America.
While we enjoy a peaceful weekend on Whidbey Island (the largest of the islands in the Puget Sound), we spend Saturday afternoon lounging on the back deck of our friends’ house, where the only sounds we hear come from birds at the feeders, in the bushes and surrounding trees, and during a fly by.
Some of the birds we spot during our late afternoon retreat:
Of course, the above species can all be found on the mainland, but somehow the Whidbey Island birds seem different. Perhaps they breathe more slowly, keep their shoulders relaxed down, or hold on to their perches with less of a death grip. Maybe the Island Birds are more mellow than the birds on the mainland.
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