365 Nature – Day 122

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Today is International Dawn Chorus Day and I woke up around five am to listen to the birds from our house. Right away I heard the American Robins singing, perhaps the same individuals nesting in our front yard. It wasn’t long before I heard a loud song of the Bewick’s Wren, almost certainly the individual nesting in our backyard. Later I heard the whistle of a Black-capped Chickadee and the caw of a passing Crow.

Last year I wrote a post about the Dawn Chorus with information about why they sing this time of the year and who sings. They don’t all sing at the same time. Read more about the Metropolitan Dawn Chorus.

Yesterday afternoon I caught sight of a tiny orange butterfly and by some miracle it not only landed, but let me get close enough to get a photo with my camera. After consulting The Butterflies of Cascadia book by Robert Michael Pyle and confirmation on Twitter, I found it was a Brown Elfin butterfly. Today I saw another one, or perhaps the same one, in our front yard again. Hopefully they’ll be around until I get a photo with my telephoto lens.

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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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  1. Very inspiring, I will follow your footsteps. People say that the best for of adulation is copying the best. So I will di just that.

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