One of the things I love about where we live are the many birds. I will often set out seed or suet for them to enjoy.
2018 Great Backyard Bird Count
This was my 8th year counting birds for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Some years I venture out to find birds at wetlands or local parks. This year, I only counted birds at home. We had a little snow, which I think kept some birds in hiding. Also, I didn’t get out as often as I sometimes do. So, although I spotted a number
Birds ’round Here: Northern Flicker
There are two versions of the Northern Flicker. We have the Red-shafted near our house. In the east the flickers are yellow shafted.
Birds ’round Here: Red-tailed Hawk
The ever popular Red-tailed Hawk. They are a year round visitor to our neck of the woods.
Birds ’round Here: Western Bluebird
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.
Birds ’round Here: Turkey Vulture
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
Birds ’round Here: White-crowned Sparrow
The white-crowned sparrow is common around our house in the foothills of Oregon’s coast range. We have the Pacific subspecies with a yellow beak.
Exploring Nuremberg: Zoo, Folk Fest, and Rally Grounds
Twice, the kids and I, ventured away from Old Town and explored an area in eastern Nuremberg. Europe has so many wonderful historical buildings, monuments and museums. As much as I love exploring all those places and want my kids to have exposure to it, I also understand my kids are kids. I want them to have just plain fun and not remember our trip
Birds ’round Here: Cedar Waxwing
Cedar waxwings are a beautiful bird and one of my favorites. They almost seem exotic in our woodlands. They visit us every year around June or July. They don’t stay long, though.
Birds ’round Here: Rufous Hummingbird
The hummingbird we see most often around our house is the Rufous Hummingbird. I can usually hear their wings buzzing by before I actually spot them.
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