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A note to the birds

On the hardest days of life, you gave me a reason to keep going,

because even on the rainy days, you still show up & sing.

Thank you to the birds of 1309 for saving my life.

CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE

This is the photo that started it all. It started my love for birds & it allowed me to see how truly beautiful & mighty these little creatures are. 

 

Fun Fact: Their call sounds like "Chicka-dee-dee-dee". The amount of dee's increase when they're alarmed. The more dee's, the higher the threat level.

Location: Port Angeles, Washington

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DARK-EYED JUNCO

To really bird watch is to start noticing the personalities & characteristics of each type of bird. The Dark-Eyed Junco is one of the sweetest birds I've seen. They hop around so delicately when foraging & they've been known to take care of other types of baby birds that were abandon. 

Fun Fact: The Dark-Eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America. They can be found across the continent from Alaska to Mexico, from California to New York.

Location: Greenwood, Washington

TREE SWALLOW

Tree swallows are the toughest birds I've photographed. Their acrobatic flight patterns make them unpredictable & they seem to never take a rest.

Fun Fact: The Tree Swallow—which is most often seen in open, treeless areas—gets its name from its habit of nesting in tree cavities. They also take readily to nest boxes.

Location: Orick, California

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ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

The day my grandpa passed, a hummingbird perched above me & danced around for what seemed like an eternity. To me it felt like a message from him letting me know that he's okay.  

 

This one's for you Ernie.

Fun Fact: In the first half of the 20th century, the Anna's Hummingbird bred only in northern Baja California & Southern California. The planting of exotic flowering trees provided nectar & nesting sites, & allowed the hummingbird to greatly expand its breeding range.

Location: Seward Park, Washington

CEDAR WAXWING

We sat & watched these two waxwings pass berries between each other from our kayak. We were in awe at how incredible this moment was. Turns out, that's how the male courts the female! 

Fun Fact: Cedar Waxwing's are one of the few North American birds that specializes in eating fruit. They can survive on fruit alone for several months.

Location: Tl' awh-ah-dees Park, Washington

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SPOTTED TOWHEE

Spotted Towhee's are shy birds. They love to sing, but tend to do it within thick shrubs & trees. I was lucky enough to spot this one singing in thick shrubbery on our hike.

Fun Fact: Early in the breeding season, males spend their mornings singing their hearts out, trying to attract a mate. They have been recorded spending 70% - 90% of their mornings singing

 

Location: Discovery Park, Washington.

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