Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bird Quest 2014 #15

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

Memorial Day Weekend means go east for those of us who live in western Washington. The Old Vantage Highway, Wenas/Umptanum Roads all are at their best on this last weekend of May.  

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.
Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

As soon as the male was headed back to the nest box with food, the female jumped out and sat on the wire, begging for food in the same manner as most juvenile birds do.  I'd never seen this behavior from the females.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.
Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Here the male is again feeding the female. They were in the shade so I just made the image a silhouette.

Sage Thrasher
Sage Thrasher

Common and very vocal this time of year in the right habitat. On the Old Vantage Highway.

House Wren singing.
House Wren singing.
Brewer's Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow

Although we were looking for the Sage Sparrow near where we had the Sage Thrasher, we found several Brewer's Sparrows instead.

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

This Barn Swallow has some white feathers on it's back.

Redhead
Redhead

Redheads are very shy and it's difficult to get a close image of them.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.
Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim