For readers who do not live in the Pacific Northwest, these photos really were taken in winter, December and January to be specific. Last year, we had an old-fashioned winter, complete with snow and ice. This year, the pussy willows have already gone to seed and people in their yards are checking blooming primroses and budding daffodils.
No matter the temperature, all of the birds in these pictures are winter residents. They add a cheerful presence to days that are often gray and wet. Enjoy!
Chickadees at breakfast
Starlings don’t like to miss out on anything…
nor do the Stellar jays.
This young merlin has his eye on the sparrows at the bird feeder.
As far as the snow geese know, the farmer planted this field just for them. The young geese, born in Siberia, are the darker ones. They will return to the northern tundra with the rest of the flock come April.
After years of being a protected species, bald eagles are numerous in the Skagit Valley.
The dark spots in the field are bald eagles waiting for rodents. They like to harass the snow geese too, like those flying overhead.
Hundreds of regal swans, both trumpeters and the smaller tundra swans, spend winters in the farm fields. The disembodied heads belong to birds foraging in a drainage ditch.
As evening falls, thousands of waterfowl gather to spend the night on the peaceful waters of Samish Bay.
2 thoughts on “The Birds of Winter”
Beautiful pictures! I am so glad you shared. We don't see quite as much wildlife around here, but we do have a blue heron that lives in the creek next door. I love your title Sun Break! WE have been enjoying this weeks' sun breaks by brinking blankies and books to the deck to soak up the winter sun. It so refreshes our spirits!
Really great pictures, Joan. I have been meaning to take some pictures of the birds at our feeders here in Georgia, but haven't gotten around to it yet.