Lens-artists Photo Challenge #132-Striped and Checked

The Stripes and Checks in my suburban backyard are a bit smaller and less-exotic than Tina’s zebras; but they are also less dangerous, and I can get closer to them to take their pictures.  And I sure don’t have to go most of the way around the world to see them!  They show up now almost every day.  I hope you-all readers don’t get tired of my posting more pictures of my avian visitors, because I just love watching them and taking their pictures whenever they show up.

Our Pine Siskins prefer our seed-feeder.  This week, one of them must have been really hungry, since he stayed at one station in the feeder for quite a long time.  I was able to get a good picture, since he stayed relatively still.  So you can see his wing-bars, and striped back easily.  That yellow stripe is a good way to identify him.  He is puffed-up too, and you can see his side stripes.

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Over on the big suet feeder, our Bewick’s Wren shows off his white eye-stripe, again a good way to distinguish him from the other mostly-gray birds that frequent our yard (like the juncos and bushtits).

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This picture almost begs for a caption!

Of course, our yellow-and-black striped Townsend’s Warbler deserves mention, and this week I was able to get him to pose so he shows off his stripes.

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And you notice the checks, too, in the feeder itself!

Underneath the suet feeder, our Varied Thrush roots for worms on the ground-they are mostly carnivores, like their cousins the robins.  We have a pair who visit, and this is the male.  You can see his big chest-stripe.

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And his wings are striped in two directions-check out the shoulder-stripes, and wing-bars.

Stripes, created by sand, and shadow.

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Finally, in the Skagit Valley, the flower fields make beautiful colored stripes in Spring.

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