What’s The Bird?

Snow, high winds, ice storms, power outages, and buckets of rain; another typical week in the Pacific Northwest. In the previous Shawnologue, I talked about Seattle’s purveyors of pretty helped to get me through these seemingly interminable stretches of pure crap weather.

The morning after the big snow storm, Mother Nature did her part by sending an enormous flock of beautiful birds into Kevin’s front yard.


Red breasted, but not Robins, these birds showed a robust appetite for the red berries on the bush in Kevin’s neighbor’s front yard. I don’t remember ever seeing pretty birds like this here before, and certainly not so many. They were everywhere! Perhaps they’d seen Portlandia and made a beeline to the land who’s motto is: Put A Bird On It.

Can anyone tell me anything about these lovely creatures?


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6 Responses to What’s The Bird?

  1. Josie Brooks says:

    We had the same. My husband, also a Kevin made a comment about all of the birds in the area feeding on our feeders and brush. Tonight the rest of the snow in our yard in the Arlington hills should melt. And the birds will find the worms and the bugs and all the snow had hidden. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kirsten Parks says:

    We had the same thing in Edmonds. The day after the big snow we had what seemed like hundreds of these same birds feeding on the holly berries in our back yard. They were going crazy all day. Just assumed they were robins!

  3. jennette says:

    Hey Shawn. Sooooo August is a birder. And he believes they are robins and he wonders what leads you to believe they arent? From what he knows, there are multiple species of Thrush in WA state, red breasted robins, and varied thrush are the only two that might be confused for each other due to relative size, general coloration, and what types could possibly be here now. So he is wondering why you think they arent robins? they live here year round even though we were taught that they fly south for the winter ๐Ÿ™‚ in the Sibley field guide to birds of western north america (Gus recommends!), they say, “American Robin…..gathers in large foraging flocks and communal roosts in winter that may number in the hundereds or even thousands……winter diet mainly berries.” Ah ha! hope that helps and i am enjoying reading your words! xoxox jennette at Smashing Rubbish in Duvall

  4. Penny Whitcomb says:

    Those certainly look like Robins to me. From that picture, that is really what they look like.

  5. nancylstewart says:

    I think they actually are robins. We just aren’t used to seeing them in large roosts (but my Audubon guide says that’s how they winter), and these look like juveniles. With the strange weather you’ve had, they may just have gotten pushed of their usual migratory course.

  6. Dan Payne says:

    I can’t really tell from the picture – do they have any white spots on their wings? Red around the eye? It might be a Spotted Towhee, but it’s hard to tell.

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