365 Nature – Day 34

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.


We had a beautiful sunrise this morning in Seattle. These winter sunrises end very quickly, look down for a moment and it’ll be over. Today when I dropped my daughter off I came across a pair of Spotted Towhees right outside her ‘classroom’. It made me happy to see these birds, which can be secretive, foraging right alongside the kids playing in their forest grove.

I returned a little early for a short walk around the arboretum. A few feathers caught my eye and as I stopped to look I found many feathers scattered around the ground. Some bird met an untimely end, likely a meal for a Cooper’s Hawk. I’m guessing the black and white feathers, I didn’t see any other colors, belonged to a Dark-eyed Junco.

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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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