365 Nature – Day 30

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.


Following the Bewick’s Wren singing on Day 28, the House Finch took up position in the same tree and began singing today. While the wren sings with bill wide open, the finch looks more like it’s mumbling. The bill barely opens and it moves its head back and forth. I also noticed a loose feather sticking out the top of the head of the finch singing, which made it look rather goofy.

I didn’t get any good photos of the House Finch singing. Funny how they’re everywhere all the time, except when I’m trying to get a photo. The other birds were more cooperative and I got a few sunny shots from the yard. I particularly like the photo of the hummingbird with its bill dipped in the feeder because you can see its reflection on the feeder.

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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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