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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Northern Flicker

This morning I spied a flicker foraging on the ground a short distance from the house. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hum, Hum, Hummingbird

looking this way and that. The male Rufous arrived about three days ago.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Flock of Sparrows

Spring has arrived in B.C.'s central interior, and while we are still waiting for the flowers to bloom we can enjoy observing the birds that have returned along with the good weather.  This morning I watched a busy flock of White-crowned Sparrows feasting under the birch tree at the back of the house.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bald Eagle Pair

This is the second day that I've observed the Bald Eagle pair perched in the same tree that they were in yesterday at the other end of the property.  I first saw them yesterday at 12:30 p.m., and they stayed until shortly before 6:00 p.m.  Today, they flew from the distant tree to one closer to the house with much calling and communication.  There they settled for a brief time only before one of them flew off.

"Perching Habitat"
"...eagles consistently use certain trees and even certain branches on the tree.  As much as 75 - 83% of the daylight hours may be spent on a perch.  Most perches border open areas and provide a good view of the surrounding habitat.  Exposure to the sun may also be important by helping to reduce heat loss."  source:  Status on the Bald Eagle in British Columbia, February 1994 (Wildlife Branch, Ministry of Environment, Land and Parks, Victoria, B.C.)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

On a Drowsy Afternoon

A Ruffed Grouse pauses near some shrubbery for a quick nap in the sunshine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Deer Family Foraging on the Hillside

It is overcast and raining this morning.  The deer made their way cautiously through the snow and brush, stopping often to feed. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Sunny Morning

We woke up to milder temperatures this morning (-8°C).  We had two surprises. The first surprise was seeing the Red Fox again, but this time (s)he was curled up asleep farther down the hill. The second surprise was seeing this lone female Pine Grosbeak perched in the bushes.  We haven't seen the Grosbeaks for several months.     

Wednesday, January 11, 2017