Sunday, August 28, 2016

Juvenile White-throated Sparrow

At first I thought this juvenile was a White-crowned Sparrow, but the bit of yellow at the front of the eye makes me think it is a White-throated Sparrow.

As soon as the rain stopped, the birds came into the garden - young robins, sparrows, juncos and our resident grouse family. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Red-breasted Sapsucker

I think this is an immature Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Sapsuckers are medium-sized woodpeckers.  They drill holes in trees which they use as "wells" to obtain sap and insects.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ruffed Grouse Family in the Garden

I counted eight grouse taking advantage of a sunny afternoon to do some feather maintenance.  They made shallow depressions in the dry soil and rolled around covering themselves with the dust, probably to get rid of mites.