The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. All are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.March 22, 2013
Lopez Island, Washington
But that yellow! I was beginning to think maybe my mind was playing tricks, remembering incorrectly, since I hadn't gotten a photo of it. But today it visited me again, and I snapped these pics. A digital camera is an invaluable tool for a naturalist!
Indeed, the tail is yellow-orange, and the belly looks light yellow to me (BirdWeb calls this a "dingy tan"...what do you think?). Even though the pic was taken through a section of dirty window - sorry! tricky to clean that part - it was in bright sunlight, so true to color. This must be a regional variation of the Downy. Milly later saw one with a yellow tail on the NE corner of the Olympic peninsula, right across the water from me, so this pattern is apparently in the Salish Sea area of northwest Washington at least.
Another new bird for me, The Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata), has been visiting the suet for the last week. This is the Audubon's form of YRW, with a brilliant yellow throat.
Every few days, pine siskins (Carduelis pinus) take over the sunflower seed feeder, flashing their yellow-accented wings at each other and any other birds brave enough to try for a perch.
Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) also come and go as a group, so there will be days when I don't see any. The female crossbills are a lovely gold colored yellow. Crossbills usually ignore the posturing siskins, like the one in this pic, apparently oblivious to them flapping and screaming above her. Today, the siskins and crossbills overlapped, monopolizing the feeder, so I didn't see as many of the usual feeder birds. Very likely they'll be back tomorrow.
What's happening in your neighborhood? All observations are welcome in the Bucket!