Nature Through My Lens

Posts tagged “Backyard

Watching

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A pair of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) appear to be on the lookout for something.


Sisters

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A pair of Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) females perched in a Japanese Maple tree!


In the Cedar

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A quite lovely Eurasian-collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) watching the feeder from a low branch of a Cedar tree.


Little Visitor

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Here’s one of our smallest birds, a Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus.) It’s size even comes out in it’s scientific name! They travel in a group. Today we got about 8 at the suet feeder. They don’t stay long, only a minute and then they are gone! To me they look like the original angry bird!


In for Lunch

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Here’s my buddy, the Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus). It almost got lucky this lunchtime, but went away empty taloned! It’s nothing if not determined!


I Love My Crown

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A mature White-crowned Sparrow ( Zonotrichia leucophrys).  A very photogenic bird!


Stink Eye

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This male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) sitting in a tangle of branches seems to be giving me the stink eye! Don’t blame him, I’d be miserable sitting out in the pouring rain too!


In the Rain

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We were blessed with another gloomy, wet day, with lots of rain, sometimes with some snow mixed in. Didn’t seem to bother the birds. They were very active at out feeders. Here’s a pair of White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) on the mossy wet branches of our Rose of Sharon.


Gloomy Days Dreamy Days

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It seems as January progresses we have been enveloped in the gloomies. Natural light has been non-existant, almost! Here’s a dreamy version of a Red Shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) high in the Maple tree.


I Like Peanuts

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Here’s one from the critter cam! A black morph Grey Squirrel! She is a daily visitor to our feeders where we always make sure that there’s some peanuts out for her. Three of her offspring also come over and it becomes quite entertaining watching them chase each other around the yard! Check out those claws! If you look close you can see our house reflected in her eyes!


Love My Suet

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Here’s a regular visitor to our feeders. These guys really like our Suet. This one is a Intergrade Northern Flicker Yellow Shafted (Colaptes auratus)


New Boy

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Here’s a new boy to the neighbourhood. The weather has been mild so he may be checking out other yards, as they stay pretty close to their feeders this time of the year. He’s a rather stern looking Anna’s Hummingbird male, (Calypte anna) and he’s perched on a Rose of Sharon Bush.


Out in the Rain

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A pretty orange morph female House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) perches in a Japanese Maple in the rain.


On the Roof

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Sitting on the roof of a birdhouse is a Northwest Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)


January Hum

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Here’s my fearless male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna). He’s braved the wind and rain and snow and ice and is still with us.


Out in the Rain

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A pair of female House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) sitting on the end of a branch of the Japanese Maple. They were eating the buds off the Maple!


A New Visitor

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Yesterday, this fine fellow showed up in our yard. It’s a lifer for me and I was quite happy to see this Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea). It was here again today and spent most of the day here. Seeing it’s usaully a flock bird, I’m thinking this one got blown of track with the weather.


In the Rain

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A lovely female House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) sitting on a branch of the Rose of Sharon bush in the rain. I feel much better for the birds now the temperature is back above 0 and the ice is gone!


A Pretty Pair

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Another pair for today. This time a pair of Purple Finches (Carpodacus purpureus) sitting in a Rose of Sharon bush. The ice is finally gone from the trees in our yard and the temperature was above 0!!


In the Ice Castle

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Here’s another White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) hiding in it’s ice covered castle!


The King to Be

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Here’s a pretty one who by this coming summer with have a lovely White Crown. A juvenile, first winter White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) on ice, waiting for it’s Kingdom.


My Little Friend

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Here’s my little friend the Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) sitting on the Icicles in our garden. Brave little fellow for Dec. 31!


Ice Day

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Ice is the word today! After a night of freezing rain this American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) seems a little put out by it all! Can’t say I blame him!


A Rare Visitor

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Here’s a little fellow who has been here before, but not often. An adult Pacific Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii).