Yesterday I was in Bellevue, Washington working as a Master Naturalist in an area where I work frequently pulling out invasive bindweed and blackberry plants to make room for native species, and I brought my camera along with me. Unusually sunny and bright for such a wet and rainy climate, the wetlands where I was working was full of the sounds of birds and bees, the occasional hiker and the wind through the budding trees. There were red-winged blackbirds and song sparrows singing their hearts out from every direction, and every few minutes the barnstorming flyby of a very busy woodpecker would buzz over my little section of ground where I was carefully digging up nuisance plants for disposal. After my work was done, I managed to get these six images…
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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
This song sparrow was welcoming the springtime with the most beautiful singing in Bellevue, Washington.
Male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
This beautiful male Anna’s hummingbird is a common west coast species that is expanding it’s territory every year. Once only found in Southern California and Mexico’s Baja California, they have moved north as far as British Columbia as a result of ornamental plantings and hummingbird feeders that keep these little flying beauties fed year-round. This was one of several seen feeding on salmonberry flowers or resting in willows in Bellevue Washington on a beautiful spring Pacific Northwest afternoon.
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