Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chickadees at the Bird Feeder

 A chickadee busily shells a sunflower seed to get at the meat inside,

while looking up to check for predators every few seconds.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Temperature; 0°C
It was still dark when we awoke to find ourselves in the midst of winter with a light snow falling.  For a time, nothing stirred until one of the lake's Bald Eagles flew to a spruce tree at the foot of the hill and perched in its topmost branches. S(he) was obviously settling in for a while to overlook the lake.  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Juvenile White-throated Sparrow

At first I thought this juvenile was a White-crowned Sparrow, but the bit of yellow at the front of the eye makes me think it is a White-throated Sparrow.

As soon as the rain stopped, the birds came into the garden - young robins, sparrows, juncos and our resident grouse family. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Red-breasted Sapsucker

I think this is an immature Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Sapsuckers are medium-sized woodpeckers.  They drill holes in trees which they use as "wells" to obtain sap and insects.