Above, Keith Hansen spotting a Bewick's Wren, below.
--a Bewick's Wren that was very cooperative, giving us great looks as he sang.
Above and below, Hairy Woodpeckers.
Cornell's All About Birds.
In a clearing, on top of a wire, an Allen's Hummingbird guarded his territory. You can see the distinctive green plumage on his back that helps to distinguish the Allen's from the Rufous species.
Above and below his bright orange gorget flashes in the light. The small patch of white feathers behind his eye gives him an intense expression.
Below, a Black Phoebe, showing his recognizable flycatcher shape.
In all, we saw more than 90 species in a morning of birding. Since I don't keep a list, the numbers don't matter as much to me as the excitement of enjoying new birds--the Varied Thrush, Black Phoebe, Bewicks Wren and Allen's Hummingbird in this post were all new bird acquaintances!
Next: Life birds on the deck!
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Great book! Full of detailed life histories. As you might guess, I brought home an autographed copy!