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 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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