It’s all juncos all the time around here in the winter, it seems. Well, crows, too, especially at dusk, when the place starts to look like a set for The Birds. I grabbed a pic for junco aficionados, and Trebuchet has a truly lovely little one he’d like to confirm his ID on:
He said, “I’m pretty sure this is a ‘leucistic’ dark-eyed junco but it would be interesting to see if anyone else has a better identification.” And so I leave it in your capable hands, my darlings.
Then, just in case you thought I was being too easy on you, I’m going to have you identify this nest:
That is a nest, right? So what’s it doing in the whippy branches of a weeping willow where it can get tossed about by every passing breeze?
It’s very dark, I know. Let me work my photo-editing magic, which isn’t as good as it is for those who use Gimp, but I’m too damned lazy to learn.
Weird. Anyway. Here is an adorable dark-eyed junco.
Then, as I was bopping home from seeing fungi and rhodies and mad juncos everywhere, I came across this heron sitting on the walkway rail at the new water treatment plant, pulling a Vanna White with this bizarre purple piece of equipment.
Maybe it’s just a sculpture, but I didn’t see any reason why such a sculpture would be installed at the back of the plant. Perhaps one of you will know what it is.
Also, has anyone else in the Seattle area noticed a sudden uptick in the heron population? I swear I’ve seen more of them this year than I’ve seen any other year.