The Western Bluebird is always a welcome visitor. It means spring has arrived. The males are a beautiful bold blue, adding to the lovely colors of spring.
The first Saturday in September is International Vulture Awareness Day, so my bird pick for this month is the Turkey Vulture. They are often mistakenly referred to as the Turkey Buzzard. They are also often frowned upon because of their gross habit of eating roadkill. I, however, appreciate their clean up efforts. Also, they prefer their meal already dead which means my chickens and goats
Another year, another Great Backyard Bird Count. Typically I do a combination of counting birds in public areas, as well as around our home. This year I only counted birds near our house. Everyday I pretty much saw the same species of birds. A number of them were the same birds that have been around awhile. But, the Golden-crowned Kinglet, Black-capped Chickadees, and Hairy Woodpecker
The bird I picked for March is the Gray Jay. They have a bit of a nasty reputation for being food thieves, but I like them anyway. I’m not going to lie, the majority of the reason I like them is because they aren’t too frightened of me. I can get close-ish for photos. They don’t pay much attention to me and continue with whatever