In late June the Spring Migration of birds here in the Willamette Valley is complete and our local birds are fully occupied with nesting and raising families. We have been particularly fortunate to have a family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees combing through our cedar trees with their beautiful fresh plumage echoing the color of the Western Red Cedar bark. The chicks, which seem about as large as the adults also have a soft fresh plumage which they fluff while fluttering wings begging for the pieces of food that the adults are collecting from their foraging. This is a particularly entertaining time of year to sit outside under the trees and watch the newly fledged young birds of various species try to learn their way around among the branches. The bubbling bands of bushtits are also prominent this year and generate many chuckles as one marvels at how such tiny things as chickadees and bushtits can have such energy and presence. Click on image to enlarge.