~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #144: Taking Flight ~

Tina dished up a favorite subject for me with this challenge! I’m in Long Beach, WA – USA and have been enjoying listening to songbirds and taking photos. Though I have a vast catalog of shots I could use, I decided to draw from this week’s sightings only.

Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia

Song Sparrows have a complicated series of chirps in their song, which varies by region, and always cheers me. Pretty sure this guy is calling for a mate!

The marshes have shrunk substantially in the month since I was last here. These Mallard drakes (Anas platyrbychos) caught my attention, then I noticed the Bairds Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) working the edge! Below a Mallard hen tends her brood of chicks.

Black-capped Chickadee – (Poecile atricapillus)

On my morning walks chickadees, juncos and sparrows flit through the Coastal Pines, gleaning bugs and making a cheerful racket!

White-crowned Sparrow – (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Savannah Sparrow – (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Semipalmated Plover – (Charadrius semipalmatus)

A few small flocks of Sanderling swooped above the shoreline, some gulls and crows gleaned along the beach – and then there was this lovely little plover.

At low tide, an adult Bald Eagle swept across the sky and landed in the sand within walking distance. Lucky me!

Bald Eagle – (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

It is goose migration time. For the past two days, I have seen and heard several flocks flying over on their way north.

I’m hopeful that by this time next year I will be ready to change my sign-off. For the present however, it is still a timely reminder!

Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate onward. Please mask-up and stay safe.🐾


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4 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #144: Taking Flight ~

  1. Tina Schell says:

    What a wonderfully diverse community of winged beauty Lindy! From the tiniest songbirds to the largest of raptors all in one week – amazing. Kudos to you too for knowing all of their species. I’ll admit I’m woefully behind on that score. Thanks for sharing a treasure trove of images from one who clearly loves our avian neighbors.

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thanks Tina. Sorry I’m so late responding! When I want to include ‘ornithology’ in my categories/tags, I make sure to add the Latin names. I haven’t memorized any of them!!!

  2. JohnRH says:

    Great photos. I love the Bald Eagle on sand. Unique!

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