365 Nature – Day 256

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


This summer, it feels as though there has been few birds in our yard, or if they’re there, I just haven’t paid attention. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a return presence of the Bewick’s Wren. In the spring they nested in our yard and I watched them constantly, but since then I’ve only seen or heard them occasionally. Recently though, every time we go out back they’re there with their alarm calls.

This morning a lone crow sat on our neighbor’s roof and watched us. I watched it in turn as it preened and uttered a series of caws. This afternoon I noticed the peanuts I’d left out on Day 254 were finally gone. Who took them I can not say because we were gone in the morning. Later today I again had the wren calling an alarm and at the same time a flock of Bushtits made their way through our yard. With the feeders back up and filled, we should start seeing more birds and once we get new suet made and new hummingbird water, our yard will once again feel like autumn.

Today I also noticed the sundew carnivorous plant I’d gotten on Day 236 was blooming with small, pink flowers.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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