small surprises

I have been photographing birds for over a year now, and still I'm finding feathered friends for the first time with my own eyes. I am constantly delighted by the diversity of the avian world, and how wonderfully accessible these wild creatures are. This week's surprise finds were a western tanager at the UW, a red crossbill (of yellow-orange hue) along the Snoqualmie Valley trail, and a second sighting of the leucistic american robin at Bellevue College. Add to that the red-breasted nuthatches, house finches, white-crowned sparrows, golden-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, wee mallard ducklings, red-tailed hawks, spotted towhees, tree swallows, common mergansers, american goldfinches, fledgling dark-eyed juncos, bewick's wrens, and a tail-less song sparrow, and likely you'll understand why I'm such a bird nerd :)