“What we must do, I suppose is to hope the world keeps its balance.”  This excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem “The Owl Who Comes” provided an invitation to my followers.  In turn several living across the U.S. responded with photos and stories about their favorite resident backyard bird species.

This stunning picture of a Western Tanager came from Retta from Washougal, Washington.  Although named to belong to the Tanager family, recently it has become recognized to fit better within the Cardinal family.

The Western Tanager is the dried fruit clean-up specialist.

Click on the “Newsletter” menu button of my website to find photos and details on the Goldfinch, Robin, Blue-ray Gnatcatcher, Great White Heron and a Whip-tailed Lizard.  All are important members of Nature’s precision “Balancing” brigade, East to West coast America.