I have many favorite birds, but today I’m turning my lens towards favorite songbirds that live near me in Central Oregon.
The first bird, is a sage thrasher. Plain of feather, these birds have a lovely melodic song. Thrashers are one of the songbirds of the sagebrush sea that I studied for my graduate work. They are a canary in a coal mine kind of bird.
The second bird is a varied thrush. They look like a robin with a mask, necklace, and checkered wings. I love their haunting song.
The third bird is a California scrub jay. These bold birds have expanded their range. They’re entertaining to watch and hear.
The fourth bird is a cedar waxwing. They’ve been tumbling in and out of my yard in loose flocks. I usually hear their high pitched calls long before seeing them.
The fifth bird is a mountain bluebird. Their plumage is a breathtaking shade of blue. They nest in my yard but can be camera shy. This male bird was seen in Yellowstone.
The sixth bird is a black-billed magpie. They have striking black and white plumage and a long, wedge-shaped tail. Like the jays, they have a lot of personality.
Not a great picture, right? They are one of my favorite songbirds that I have never been able to get a good picture of. We all have that one favorite animal that continues to elude us. Someday I’ll get that perfect shot of a magpie, someday…
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