Taking the Ram Das quote literally to heart, “The quieter you become, the more you will hear.” One of the things that arose to my attention were the sounds and behaviors of the wild birds I have been living amongst for years. Our new home located high in trees on a mountainside at 7,400′ elevation helped to put the “flyers” center stage. This perch like view from our 3rd story deck presents a new perspective of Tahoe that I had not quite experienced. As I began to pay more attention, and get a closer look at the birds’ behavior through the lenses of the camera, my feelings any annoyance by their wood pecking nest building into the house subsided. Bird watching through the zoom lenses was soothing, but also sometimes requires a bit of an agreement from the subject too. Something in this activity struck a chord that lit up my senses.
I hope you enjoy the “Top 10 Birds from my porch top in Lake Tahoe.” This post is comprised of frequent daily visitors to the more rare birds of prey.
#10 Pygmy Nuthatch
The Pygmy Nuthatch song bird, is the smallest of the nuthatch family. It’s also my favorite nuthatch of the four in the species. Their presence is often marked by a parade of tiny tweets. This year we had a unique opportunity to listen to the clutch being born in the wall of our loft.
9 Mountain Chickadee
8 Stellars Jay
7 White-headed Woodpecker
6 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Mature, Sharp-shinned Hawk from December 2020.
4 Red Tailed Hawk
3 Clarks Nutcracker
2 Northern Flicker, woodpecker
Anytime a bird has polka dots I immediately fall in love. Years ago I used to find their contrasting orange and black feathers while walking in the meadow. Now we coexist in a more meaningful way. I provide clean water, suet, seeds and desired protein bird pellets. After time, even jumpy birds will show more face if you don’t disturb them while they are relaxing or your platform.
1 Downy Woodpecker