A ramble through the brambles of my backyard

A 270-degree view of my backyard today. Click on the photo for a larger version.

A 270-degree view of my backyard today. Click on the photo for a larger version.

I went looking for the bird of prey I could hear in the distance and ended up taking a tour of my backyard. I started with the barn where I found a skittish owl and ended there. In the middle I saw/heard the following birds:

I stopped at my parent's house for a few minutes before heading back down the hill and home. That's my dad and his favorite girl, Hank, a German Wirehaired Pointer.

I stopped at my parent’s house for a few minutes before heading back down the hill and home. That’s my dad and his favorite girl, Hank, a German Wirehaired Pointer.

  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Osprey
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Barn Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Flycatcher of some sort
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Common Raven
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch (see Sibley’s to see how a male American Goldfinch goes through molt)

I also spotted a muskrat, evidence of elk (beds and poo), several butterflies, and bees. A good day, even though it was overcast most of the trip!

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About Kimberly Mason

Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and outdoors columnist. When she’s not out chasing a story, you’ll find her at work in one her three main offices — her big backyard, the Cowlitz River, or the recliner in her living room. She has four grown children and is owned by a Labrador retriever, Buddy the WonderDog. Email kim@almostdailynews.com or call 360-269-5017.

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