Birds of Madrona Marsh

#Birds of #MadronaMarsh. There were a zillion red-winged blackbirds, at least one group of goldfinches, some starlings, and of course the usual geese and ducks.

#nature #Blackbird #RedWingedBlackbird #Goldfinch #Starling #Goose #CanadaCoose #Sparrow

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I saw one of these birds fly out of a bush, across the trail, and into a tree. I stopped. I waited. I looked, but couldn’t spot it.

Close-up of a small light brown bird with black wings, a white head with black stripes on it, and a yellow beak, perched in a sparse, dry bush.

I saw one of these #birds fly out of a bush, across the trail, and into a tree. I stopped. I waited. I looked, but couldn’t spot it. I took another, slow, careful step. Another #sparrow flew out of the bush, across the path, and into the tree. I stopped again.

This went on for about FIVE MORE ROUNDS before a couple of them flew into another bush and stopped where I could SEE them!

Then one of them flew off while I was aiming. 🤦

#nature #persistence #WhiteCrownedSparrow

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House Sparrows

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A male and female house sparrow hopped across the street together, then stopped in the middle of the bike path and started mating. A second male sparrow showed up and the two males fought briefly. I think it was the second one that flew away. Then the female sparrow flew to the grass at the side of the path and they picked up where they left off.

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It’s the first day of the City Nature Challenge!

This weekend, try to observe as many wild plants and animals in your neighborhood as you can, especially in urban areas.

Here are some #birds I spotted on a late afternoon walk today, including a sparrow, one of many many finches, two doves, and what I think might be two blackbirds (yes, including the gray one).

#nature

More info: 2021 City Nature Challenge

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A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente

A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente.

These birds *really* blend in well with the dry brush and dirt – it was really hard to see them except when they stopped somewhere with contrast like this.

#photo #birds #sparrow #nature

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Fluffy birb. (A sparrow spotted on top of a light pole)

Fluffy #birb. (A #sparrow spotted on top of a light pole. I could *hear* it easily enough, but it took a while to spot it - and once I did, I was glad I had the zoom camera with me.) #birds #iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39464310

Fluffy #birb.

(A #sparrow spotted on top of a light pole. I could *hear* it easily enough, but it took a while to spot it – and once I did, I was glad I had the zoom camera with me.)

#birds #iNaturalist

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