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This pair of Bald Eagles enjoyed some morning sunshine on one of the snags in front of our house recently. I have been seeing a lot of eagles in the valley recently. I think they are eating spawned out salmon.

If you spend much time hiking or camping in the Cascades, sooner or later, you will be surrounded by Camp Robbers and I hope they are the avian kind. Canada Jays (formerly known as Gray Jays) are pretty birds that enjoy people. They know that people come with food and the jays seem to know if they are sweet and cute, eventually, someone will give them a handout. Sky and I saw this group on one of our hikes last week.

These images are from an August camping trip to the Okanogan Highlands.

A quick google search shows lots of meanings for Yard Bird so I probably ought to clarify. A yard bird in this context is new bird species to add to the growing list of birds we have observed in or from our yard. Our list is pretty diverse.

Now that nesting season is over, I decided to put out a sunflower feeder so I could see what birds are out and about. What a surprise when, the very next day, a White-headed Woodpecker showed up. These birds do live around the Methow Valley but mostly in mature pine forests so he was a bit out of his normal habitat. We enjoyed watching him for a few minutes. He gathered the sunflower seeds and stashed them in the snag and before leaving, he checked out the finch feeder too. Judging by the shape of the red patch on his head, I think the bird is a juvenile male. A female would have no white and an adult male would have a more complete red patch. Learn more about White-headed Woodpeckers here.

The next day, a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds cleaned out the feeder and later, came back and seemed upset that I did not refill it for them.

Of course, we saw lots of other birds while camped in the Okanogan Highlands. Here are a few of them plus a chipmunk that lived in our campsite. Its main job was to drive Luna nuts.

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