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Reader Submitted Photos: Song Sparrow, Snow, Varied Thrush & Townsend’s Warbler

Beckie Daniels lives just up and over the hill (as the raven flies) from my house. Last night she heard the call of an owl in her backyard, after checking with the All About Birds website and listening to the sounds, she determined it to be a Great Horned Owl.

Perhaps we are sharing this bird and hearing the same one. It’s an interesting thought that brings a warm feeling of community into my heart. I’m so glad she shared her experience with me.

That same day, she ventured outside to take pictures in the snow. It was such a beautiful day.

The Song Sparrow is a bird I have chased around and about my backyard, trying to get just one decent photograph. I’m still working on it, but I did find a Song Sparrow of my own on the same afternoon. He is shown on my other blog, prayers for an oft traveled road.

Those of us who live in the east end of the county woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow and bright blue skies. It was a stunning day.

Beckie found this interesting community of crystallized snowflakes.

“How much snow can one blade of grass collect??” she said in her email. “I love this!”

I love it too, Beckie.

Jeanette and Daniel Brewer, of Chehalis, sent these photos after I had mentioned not having any Evening Grosbeaks at my house (I spoke WAAAAY too soon, now I have enough to share!) and no Varied Thrushes.

These photos were taken through a window, which is a great way to document a sighting without scaring or stressing the birds.

“We have been seeing as many as 8-10 all at once at our house at our feeders since January 1st,” Jeanette said in her email.

I have seen a Varied Thrush in my backyard, but never closer than 100 yards away from my house and always perched high in a tree.

I am more jealous of her and the Varied Thrush visits than I care to admit.

“The best clue to this bird’s presence is usually its song, which often seems to emanate from the forest itself, and is generally unhelpful to observers wishing to locate the singer.” iBird West, iPhone application.

Carroll Hill shared these two views of a bird I have never seen before, a Townsend’s Warbler.

“We have had a daily visitor, along with his mate, to our suet for the past few weeks and thought you might find these photos interesting,” said Carroll Hill.

“He seems to come about 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day, after the Red-wings and Starlings have left. Last year we had a Tanager and a little Bluebird for a while,” said Carroll.

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If you could see me now, you would all know that I am almost as green with jealousy as the color on that warbler’s back, but I’m so very glad y’all are sharing your photographs with me!

If you have a photograph to share, email me at kim@almostdailybird.com. As long as it has to do with the local Outdoors scene (hiking, birding, skiing, walking, hunting, fishing, etc.) OR a local Lewis County area person in an Outdoors scene on vacation, I’d love to hear from you.

And if you’d like to share a photo with just ME, and not with the rest of the world, or would like to keep your name or location a secret, I promise to honor your requests. I always ask before I share.

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