The birds of winter are different than the birds of summer - but just as exciting - and they do add such pretty color to our cloudy, rainy days here in the Pacific Northwest
We have one hummingbird that hangs around all winter - we keep the feeder full and clean to insure a return - and some days he spends all day sitting on the hook that hangs the feeder - dipping down now and then for a sip
Spotted on the Skagit flats in December - at first I thought it was a small owl - but it was an American Kestrel, the smallest of all our raptors. It can hover and dive quickly - looking for insects and small prey. Their feathers are brilliant!
There is a tree in a yard in Bow, WA - we call it the eagle tree - this day - in December - we saw 9 eagles perched near the giant nest - not sure which pair will use the nest this year. Maybe they are having a conference to decide.
Nine eagle - in different positions. There are almost always eagles in this tree when we visit. Soon there will be a nesting pair.
My little hummingbird flits about - flashing the bright colors. I take these photos from my chair in the living room - it is across the room from the window - which faces the deck. With my fabulous camera I can get close ups in the winter
And of course the Stellar's Jays (locally we call them Blue Jays but know that is not the proper name - but they are our only "blue" jay - so we feel we can do that - but we do use the proper name now so we don't confuse our eastern friends - who have the real Blue Jay)
Another bird spotted on one of our rides in December was Red Tail Hawk - our most plentiful hawk - and always a thrill. They soon will migrate to their nesting area and we won't see much of them until next Autumn.