Daily eagle

There have been more eagles around these days. The day before I saw this one I had the pleasure of watching one in flight from my kitchen window. Earlier on this day I also spied a kestrel perched on a wire. And the local harriers have seemed more active. More signs of spring, perhaps?

Audubon Center

I don’t think I’ve shown the Dungeness River Audubon Center before. It’s a great local resource for birding and natural history information in addition to being a site for other community education events. A garden next to the building provides signage identifying many native plants and feeders draw lots of birds. Railroad Bridge Park nearby borders the Dungeness River although the historic railroad trestle bridge is closed due to flood damage that undermined one part of the bridge. (I have to return another time to retake photos of the bridge. They weren’t up to par.)

RWBB

Red-winged blackbirds hang out here year round. This fellow repeatedly chortled his song as I took his picture and each time he did he displayed his wings. We thought he was showing off for nearby ladies but my Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior calls it a territorial display. Sort of a birdie version of “MySpace.”

I love that shoulder patch. It’s a great flash of color in winter.

Four ducks

I took a number of shots of these ducks as they swam in a shallow pond. It wasn’t until they took off, however, that they looked interesting to me.

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Message to City Daily Photo bloggers: The photo challenge for February 1st is If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?
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Sparrow

I’m fairly certain this is a song sparrow. They’re year round residents here and are common. They like marshy areas such as where I found this one. I’m always impressed that little critters like this can survive outdoors when I get chilled even wearing layers.

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Message to City Daily Photo bloggers: The photo challenge for February 1st is If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?
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Woodpecker work

I found this tree a few years ago at Old Fort Townsend State Park. It looks to me like a popular site for woodpeckers.

I know there are some tough ways to make a living in the natural world. And metaphorically speaking, this reminds me of one or two jobs I’ve had. But for sheer dumb effort to survive, woodpeckers have to rank pretty high on the list, don’t you think?