Friday, January 1, 2021

First Birds of 2021

I looked back last night in Cascade Ramblings, and noticed that for the past 10 years I have always put up a blog post on the first of January. Many years we were in Arizona, volunteering in Arizona State Parks along the Colorado River This year we are in Oregon for the second winter in a row, and are now living in the Dallas Retirement Village, where birding continues to occupy a big part of our life. And, like most days, we started the day with a bird walk. Below are featured the birds I photographed this first day of 2021 here at Dallas Retirement Village.

Anna's Hummingbird
When we stepped outside this morning at 8:30, the first bird we saw and photographed was this female Anna's Hummingbird, all fluffed up to say warm.

White-crowned Sparrow
In a tree full of small birds we found eight White-crowned Sparrows.

Spotted Towhee
A gorgeous male Sotted Towhee made his presence know in a thicket of bushes.

European Starling
This European Starling, one of seven, was busy on a suet feeder

Ruby Crowned Kinglet
A tiny Ruby-crowned Kinglet, the size of a hummingbird, was caught in flight

Red-tailed Hawk
High up in a tall fir tree, a Red-tailed Hawk surveys our world below