Oregon Backyard Birds


Watching Oregon backyard birds is one of the most popular sports! Bird stations abound. Mine double as deer feeders. You never know what will show up at your feeder. One morning I heard all this commotion and looked out thinking some Jays were up to their tricks….and saw an African Gray parrot hanging precariously off the plastic swinging (REALLY swinging) feeder!

I am trying to set up a better station for my backyard birds (in my spare time).

I’ll start you off with these little house finches. I got these with a 400MM Canon L lens with a 1.4x teleconverter, playing with lens rentals that I got from ATS Rentals.


The other day I caught a scrub jay and a red shafted flicker fighting over the feeder.This was shot across the yard, through a double pane window.

flicker fight


…and this was with another older lens through a window and screen. These are a male (red) and a female house finch.

house finches


The last couple of years my favorite bird in my backyard has been a young male Northern Flicker that showed up. He makes the most pitiful sound if the feeder is empty. This year he showed up with a lady friend.

Northern Flicker pair



Our ever-present blue jays come in many forms. I get a lot of Stellar Jays and I'll squeeze one in here soon because they are lovely.

Here’s a Scrub Jay. We get a ton of these characters.

Oregon Birds-backyard scrub jay


In my yard we also have european starlings, LOTS of european starlings, brewers blackbirds, chickadees, western bluebirds, mountain bluebirds, collared doves barn swallows and many others. In friends yards I’ve seen grouse, tanagers, goldfinches and a host of other little birds.
I think one of my favorites of the Oregon birds is the western tanager. I’ve seen TWO ever here and they are fast little suckers so this is all I got.

This pair was hanging out behind the old abandoned Methodist church in Grass Valley. (Pictured on the home page). So, not really MY backyard, more like God’s back yard.


western tanager


Charlotte, is our most diligent bird watcher. Happily, she is rarely successful at capture.

cat watching birds


Since Oregon backyard birds differ greatly from region to region I'll leave you with this guide from OregonBirds.com

One of our bird feeders, the one pictured with the finches and the scrub jay is the Wild Birds Unlimited Classic Feeder...

...and seriously it's at least 7 years old and still puts up with a daily bird and weather abuse. At the time I was trying to figure out why I would pay so much for a feeder but I always shop there on my birthday (Dec 29 in case you want to send me a gift certificate :) and so I sprung for it. I've replaced my other feeders many times over and now consider what a bargain this one was! (and in the interest of full disclosure, they don't know I'm posting this....yet.)

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