Into the Woods

I did a little birding in Portland’s Forest Park yesterday. I live on an ash swale, so it is nice to get out into an actual coniferous forest, the type of habitat that the Pacific Northwest is known for. Among the many Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were a pair of Varied Thrushes, several Winter Wrens, a Brown Creeper, and a flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees. My camera is a simple point-and-shoot, hardly suitable for small, fast-moving targets. But I like the way this photo turned out. The bird’s face is in focus (close anyway) while the rest of the bird is a blur of activity. A very fitting portrait of this frenetic species.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee