Yard birds in mid-February: spotted towhee, sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, mallard ducks

I get cabin fever this time of year, yearning for exotic places that offer lots of activity. But my own backyard north of Seattle offers some nice views of several species.


Fox sparrow in all of its fine, geometric patterned glory. A winter visitor to our region, soon it will head north or east to nest.
Female spotted towhee. Females sport brown feathers, compared to the male with his black feathers.
Male spotted towhee.
Male dark-eyed junco
Female dark-eyed junco
Song sparrow
A pair of mallards (female not in photo) have been visiting our tiny little pond for about a week. Each spring, at least one pair nests in the woods adjacent to our ponds.

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