January 13, 2018

Backyard Birds and a Wildlife Center

Today we went to an open house at a wildlife rescue center. I'll share a few pictures from there but first I've got three pictures of backyard birds, starting with a chickadee in black and white.

I was pleased to see the sapsucker again. I guess she has taken up residence around here.

Next we have a junco and a tufted titmouse sitting on a branch. They visit my feeders frequently.

Now for the visit to Blue Ridge Wildlife Center near Millwood. Their Open House this afternoon drew many visitors. There were a few live animals but I did not press through the crowd to take pictures because only one, a small owl, was a critter that I don't have tons of pictures of already, and he was in a cage surrounded by curious children.

Volunteers were giving talks and answering questions. The facility is larger than I expected. People bring injured wild animals here to be treated and (with luck) released back into the wild.

Stuffed animals were placed around to demonstrate how real ones are rehabilitated.

There are outdoor cages too but they were not open to the public.


  1. Delightful black and white photo!

  2. Hello Linda!:) Delightful visitors, and photos. Sweet Chickadee image, and nice clear shot of the Sapsucker which looks like a Woodpecker! The Junco and Tufted Titmouse is a lovely capture.:) Thanks for sharing your visit to the Wildlife Center, these places do a good job of rehabilitating injured or sick creatures.

    1. Thanks for your comment. The sapsucker is a type of woodpecker.

  3. Beautiful feathered buddies!! I enjoyed reading about the use of stuffed animals too...I want to thank you for showing us at I'd Rather B Birdin' your weekend photos!! Your paticipation is always greatly appreciated.

  4. Hello, pretty variety of birds. I love the chickadees and the sapsucker. Great shot of the Titmouse and Junco. I am thankful for these wildlife centers and for the work they do. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

  5. ...a lovely collection of feathered friends.

  6. i don't see sap-suckers in my yard and surely wish i did. i have one junco this winter and i have been unable to get a picture!!

    your snaps are wonderful, sharp and clear - the wildlife center looks like a great place!!!

  7. Wonderful photos! We have a nature center a bit like that near here. Reading your posts reminds me I should pay it a visit. Love the tufted titmouse, hear ours sometimes but haven't seen him in quite a while.

  8. That sap-sucker is particularly distinctive.

  9. I really like the sapsucker, a beautiful bird.I have a few friends who work at rehabs and it is hard work.

  10. Charming composition of the chickadee in black and white!

  11. Nice post - I really like the B/W image.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  12. great to see the sapsucker. Not often seen in images :)

  13. I especially like the first one it just looks so good in black and white.

    All the best Jan

  14. Chickadees are my favorite perching birds -- and that picture and the rest of your feeder birds brought back lovely memories of Oregon from when we used to feed birds (we can't put out feeders where we live now.)


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