Nature Through My Lens

Posts tagged “garden

In the Rain

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A Red Crossbill ( Loxia curvirostra) came into the yard for a visit today. It was quite pleased with the offerings at the bird feeders, particularily the Blackoil Sunflower seeds.


In for a Bath

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Here’s a special visitor to our birdbath. Listed as Rare in this area, this Western Scrub Jay ( Aphelocoma californica) quite enjoyed its bath! Time for some suet and it was off again. We had it here a couple of time this past summer and I’m very pleased to see it back. Known to hang out around the Aldergrove Athletic Park. We are only a couple of houses from there!


A Junco

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A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) on the rocks edging the grass in our garden.


Hummer of the Day

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Here’s a male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in the Honeysuckle. A moment before he had two other Hummers looking for a showdown! My boy was the successful one in that duel!


Sure Foot

DSCN7125.jpgHere’s a sure footed Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna), male, standing on the stem of a Crocosmia plant. The Hummers are really enjoying these plants as they come into bloom. Must tast Good!!

 


Golden

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A Golden-crowned Sparrow


Goldfinch

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An American Goldfinch and a couple of his buddies were enjoying the seeds of the Rubecia flowers in our garden!


Small Bird

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Here’s a cute little Bush Tit.  I think that these birds are the smallest we have, except for the Hummingbirds of course.  Bush Tits are very sociable.  They are always in a group of ten or more it seems, and they flit in and just as soon are gone.


Spider, Man

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An Orb Web Spider, just finishing up lunch.


Another

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Here’s another Stellar’s Jay, in fact it could be the same one as my last post.  There’s a couple of them and they have been very active in our backyard.  Can’t help but take their photos!


Peanut Fiend

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Here’s the resident Stellar’s Jay giving me what for because the peanuts are all gone!  It’s already taken them all and hidden them all around the yard.  This is an immature  bird and has become a regular in the yard.  It has a sibling that tags along!


Anna’s at Dusk

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An Anna’s Hummingbird comes into the flowers at late dusk, perhaps for that final sip before she roosts for the night.


Doves

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Here’s our Dove visitors again!  I think they are so pretty.  Love to show them.


Brothers

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A pair of Black-headed Grosbeaks sat long enough for me to get a shot!  Both are immature birds, born this year!


Grosbeak

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A pretty little Black-headed Grosbeak immature male, checks out the action at the feeder. We have had quite a brood of these lovely birds this year.  Mum & Dad were definitely busy!


Refreshing

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Here’s my favourite Dove who has become a regular daily visitor.  It enjoys the seed in the feeder and has recently got brave enough to tackle the bird bath.  As it drank it pushed the water and cause lots of splashing!  I guess that’s why the eyes were partially shut!


My Little Sunshine

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Sunshine, because she always lights up my life when she drops by!

An Anna’s Hummingbird female on the Coocosma Lucifer.


Hummer & Lucifer Two

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Here’s another shot of the Hummer and the Lucifer.  I am completely enamoured with both the bird and the flower.


Hiding

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You can’t see me, I’m hiding behind this branch!

So says this Golden-crowned Sparrow, a rare visitor to our yard.


On Alert

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A Dark-eyed Junco keeps an eye on the sky.


Tranquil

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A Eurasian Collared Dove.

Doves always seem so tranquil.


Alert

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An Anna’s Hummingbird at the feeder.  She has a male with her, but

she spends most of her time chasing him away!  He’s sticking with it though.  Last year the Anna’s stayed with us all winter.  Hope they do again!


Jay

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A Stellar’s Jay


Sweet Flowers

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A Rufous Hummingbird enjoying the nectar of the Turtlehead blooms