Saturday, February 16, 2008

Winter visitor...

Seems like we have a bird sanctuary in out backyard this winter.
We have 2 birdfeeders (a suet cake and thistle feeder) that bring in numerous species of birdlife.
We have at least a dozen different species of birds, making appearences everyday.

The photo above is one of our favorite visitors, the Male Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi). The yellow of their markings is so beautiful in this dreary Oregon winter weather.
{Townsend's Warblers are medium-sized wood-warblers, measuring about 5 inches in length. Adult males are strikingly patterned, with broad yellow eyebrow and mustache stripes, set off against a black crown, ear patch, and throat. Short arcs along the bottom of each eye are also bright yellow. Lower breast is yellow, belly is white, with black stripes along the sides and flanks. The male's back is olive-green. Each wing has two white bars. Tail has white outer feathers, which may be conspicuous in flight. Females and immature males resemble adult males, but are duller overall, with olive-green markings on the head and face, instead of black, and yellow throat with variable amounts of black.}

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