One of the things that I have always considered a positive about living on a sailboat, besides the obvious, is the complete lack of yard work that is required. No lawn to mow, no shrubs or trees to tend to. The down side is that I also don’t get to enjoy the kinds of birds that would be found in a typical backyard. Over the last weekend, my wife and I made a whirl-wind trip from Mexico, up to the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle area, where we stayed with the in-laws. They have a nice large back yard, complete with a variety of bird feeders, and a fence that backs right up to a Green Belt. It was great to just sit there, cup of coffee in hand, and enjoy the birds that came and went. Having lived in Seattle, and much of the Pacific Northwest, there were no surprises, or new species, but it certainly was enjoyable to see the winter birds that never make it down to Mexico. Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees, Stellar’s Jays, and chickadees all made an appearance. As you can see, most of the birds were quite accommodating, just lining up along the back yard fence to get their photo taken.

I guess I will just have to settle for a “back yard” full of gulls, boobies, and all different manner of shorebirds, and still not a weed to pull.



Written by Tom Brown
Tom Brown grew up in the high desert area of central Oregon. His love for birds and photography started at a young age. Thru the course of time, travel, and a lot of different occupations, he ended up living in Seattle, and met a girl with a sailboat. When he is not scouring whatever area they are in, looking for the next great bird photo, he can be found trying to earn enough money for the next adventure, and of course, a new lens or camera body! Having been nick-named “The Bird Nerd” by his last remaining friends and family, Tom continues search for that next lifer, and the accompanying photo that goes with it. Find his continuing adventures, photographs, and guiding opportunities at Focus on Feathers.