Field Guide


    Welcome to the Field Guide here at Wasell Gardens!  Here you will find a collection of articles from our monthly In Scope column.  We welcome you to browse! 


american robin

American Goldfinch Drawing

Black Capped Chickadee Oil Pastel

cedar waxwing drawing

common nighthawk

dark eyed junco drawing

eurasian blue tit

house finch male


northern flicker

red breasted nuthatch

    Welcome to another edition of In Scope!  This time I'm featuring one of the little birds that inhabit the woodlands of the Northwest year round ~ the Red-breasted Nuthatch.

    You may have been introduced to this tiny bird for the first time when you heard it's distinct voice echoing through the woods while you were on a nature hike.  Perhaps you've even seen this nuthatch come to your suet or mealworm feeder for a bite to eat.   In Scope this month, we'll take an in depth look at the Red-breasted Nuthatch and get to know this familiar woodland friend a little bit more.


Red-breasted Sapsucker


      It was a fine fall day in October this year and all in nature seemed to be announcing autumn's arrival.  My Mom, my sister and I were out on a walk with the dogs when all of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye I saw two red, black and white birds flit into the berry tree in our front yard.  These birds were much smaller than a pileated woodpecker and had definately too much bright red plumage to be our familiar woodpecker friends.  The bright red splash of color covered their head, neck and chest and was enhanced by the afternoon rays of the more.

Ring-necked Pheasant

     One of my family's favorite garden visitors is our resident Ring-necked Pheasants. Ring-necked Pheasant's have always reminded me of royalty, their long flowing tails and jewel tone plumage just say 'royalty' to me. I admire their graceful postures and the variety of color in their more.


Rufous Hummingbird

rufous hummingbird female

     The Rufous is the hummingbird species that is a spring and summer visitor to our area. They spend the breeding season here in the North and migrate South in the fall to spend the winter in Mexico and other South American countries.   

    Our first Rufous Hummingbirds usually come in early March around my sister's birthday. As it gets towards the end of March to early April, we have a daily flurry of activity around the feeders with many Rufous Hummingbirds trying to get at the nectar all at once as the picture below depicts. We still have the Anna's Hummingbirds visiting year round, so we get to enjoy both species at the same more.


Song Sparrow

song sparrow

      Its a lovely late winter morning....the sun is out, casting its golden rays on everything within its reach.  A beautiful melody floats through the crisp morning air.  As I shield my eyes from the sun, searching for the singer, a small bird on a nearby tree branch throws its head back and bursts into song.  Flitting to the top of our fence, the little bird continues its thrilling more.


Spotted Towhee

 spotted towhee

varied thrush

violet bellied hummingbird


    Sincerely, Jessi Wasell