Backyard Feathers: The Best of 2016 Birding (Part 1)

“We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.” ~ Bernard Williams

Celebrating our first full decade at this home — the longest we’ve been at any other residence together — it is apparent now that we are inextricably tied to it, no matter how much the growing urban sprawl makes us want to find larger, greener pastures. When the time comes, it will be difficult moving on from this beautiful, semi-wild-semi-urban space; no doubt a piece of our hearts will be left behind when we do.

One thing we’ve learned through the years is that it’s best to tread lightly and manage minimally. The less we manicure and clean the yard to our own selfish standard, the more the birds and animals love it. They return faithfully every season and reward us with their up-close beauty — without having to leave home.

Ours isn’t the prettiest property in the neighborhood, but it also isn’t the ugliest. There is a balance between what is expected by our neighbors and what we long to provide to serve nature’s purpose. We appear to have struck it just right.

These are our favorite yard bird residents from 2016, including the blog posts that go with them (in case you missed them). We hope you will enjoy gazing at them as much as I did in capturing their personalities.

Whether your eyes are to the skies or not, savor every delicious, precious moment of your days. Love your world and all who share it.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Anhinga

Anhinga

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Great Egret

Great Egret

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

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wood_ducks

 

Wood Duck

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Tufted Titmouse

Wilson's Warbler

 Tufted Titmouse and Wilsons Warbler

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Part 2: Chasing Feathers…coming next!

12 thoughts on “Backyard Feathers: The Best of 2016 Birding (Part 1)

    1. We are south of Houston, just a stone’s throw from the Brazos River. It has its upsides and downsides.

      Having a creek in the backyard and a neighborhood roosting tree with thousands of nightly birds is a bonus! The traffic and density of churches (and still building more) with 24/7 road noise…notsomuch.

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  1. What a lovely aviary your backyard is, Shannon. And your photos are exquisite. I agree with you, we need dead trees and weeds and bramble to attract these wild beauties; and your visitors here are proof of that. Looking forward to Part 2. Have a great new year filled with wildlife and adventures!

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