In my absence this past year, my mom has taken up two hobbies with a vengeance: singing in a barbershop choir and watching birds.
I am hopelessly tone deaf, so when I got home I couldn't join my mom's singing. But birding! Now that's something I can get behind!
|My fearless birding captain and me.|
Here are some photos I took during four awesome birding jaunts with my mom in the month of June.
(And remember, you can always click on a photo to launch a high-definition slideshow!)
Juanita Bay Park
|Crows mobbing a red-tailed hawk.|
|A female red-winged blackbird.|
|A juvenile red-winged blackbird.|
|American robin. |
|How many (Western painted) turtles can you count?|
|This bald eagle is just begging to be memed.|
|Don't feed the rainbow wildlife.|
|Mama wood duck and ducklings! How many can you count?|
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
|This savannah sparrow nestled in wildflowers reminded me of an Easter basket.|
|Interesting footprints! I'm thinking they were trod by a raccoon.|
|A grazing black-tailed deer doe.|
|Bad hair day?|
|Ah, that's better. This female hooded merganser just needed a good blow-dry.|
|A hummingbird nest with two sword-billed chicks! The inside of the nest was about the size of a penny.|
|A red-winged blackbird stares into the distance.|
|A song sparrow sips from a pond.|
|"Bottoms up! Time to dabble!" says Mr. Mallard.|
|A marsh wren gives a free concert.|
Corkindale Creek and other sites in Skagit County, Washington
|Our first bird: a western scrub jay! These guys are NOT supposed to be this far north.|
|A rufous hummingbird positively glows in the sunshine.|
|Work those wings, little hummer!|
|Coyote scat full of blackberry seeds.|
|A lazuli bunting in the maple tree! This bird was startlingly blue.|
|A whole family of ruffed grouse went flying when we stepped into the meadow!|
|A willow flycatcher? Gotta ask the expert for this one...|
|A singing spotted towhee. Maybe he's singing a little barbershop for my mom!|
If ducklings, wildflowers, and bumblebees weren't enough to convince you it's springtime... just look at these gorgeous fiddleheads.
Spending a year on the equator was amazing, but there are some things the tropics just can't provide. I'm glad to be back in my temperate Seattle where I can watch the seasons come and go with people I love!