365 Nature – Day 303

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


Over the last week we’ve had a yard full of goldfinches and this morning they’re still abundant. I’ve seen them at all the feeders, they seem to like the shelled sunflowers and the patio mix and at times they’ve been quite numerous. Earlier this week I looked out the window and saw a couple of dozen at least, covering the feeders, the ground and even the chain holding the feeders on the tree. There are other birds around too, but not anywhere near the numbers of goldfinches. There are regular Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos and Bewick’s Wrens. In the backyard I see Spotted Towhees and White-crowned Sparrows. There are also Golden-crowned Sparrows, both adults and juveniles that frequent the yard. Last week I spotted a Cooper’s Hawk on the fence, the first time I’d seen one for quite a long time. Last year we had them regularly around the yard catching rats. This year we’ve had a lot of rats, more than I’ve ever seen here, and no hawks. This seems odd to me because there’s a Cooper’s Hawk nest in the park behind our house and an easy supply of rats running around. They must have their reasons though.

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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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