Birds of summer

Our most interesting birds visit only during breeding season, generally April through September.   Most of these photos were taken at our feeders and birdbaths, often through a window (which explains the slight fuzziness in some of them).  Below is a slideshow of some of our favorites.

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As discussed in great detail here, we have also had 8 species of birds nesting in our 100+ nestboxes:  White-breasted Nuthatch, Juniper Titmouse, Mountain Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, and Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Below are some of my favorite photos of those cavity nesters that only spend the summer in our area.  (Photos of the 3 species of cavity nesters that live here year-round can be found in the Winter Birds gallery.)

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Breeding season is winding down in July, but that month brings one extra perk—it is the peak migration season for hummingbirds here.  Broad-tailed and Black-chinned Hummingbirds breed in our area, with Broad-tails more common on our property than Black-chins.  In July, these locals are joined by Rufous Hummingbirds and the diminutive Calliope Hummingbirds as they head south from their more northerly breeding grounds.  This video was taken during the “last call at the feeder” frenzy as dusk fell.

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