Sunday, 2 December 2012

Birds of a Feather



White Crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys

White Crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys

Chipping Sparrow - Spizella passerina

Chipping Sparrow - Spizella passerina

Juvenile Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus

 Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald Eagles - Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Pitt Lake dyke , B.C. - Lookout

The lookout on the Pitt Lake dyke where the Swallows were nest building

It was on June 6th 2006 when I saw Swallows flying in and out of the lookout. I climbed the stairs and saw the Swallows were building nests with little balls of mud. 

They didn’t seem to mind me being there at all and it was fascinating to watch them hovering on the breeze before entering the lookout.

Two weeks later I returned, hoping to see some chicks only to find that someone had removed any vestige of the Swallows being there.

Barn Swallows nest building at Pitt Lake, B.C.


Barn Swallows nest building at Pitt Lake, B.C.

Barn Swallows nest building at Pitt Lake, B.C.

Barn Swallows nest building at Pitt Lake, B.C.

Barn Swallows nest building at Pitt Lake, B.C.

Evening Grosbeak- Coccothraustes vespertinus


Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus






















Thursday, 22 November 2012

My Little Chickadees


Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus

Viewed from my balcony

I have two chickadees that come to my feeder all and everyday. They bring their young to feed in spring but, so far, I have not had any luck with the nest box.


At the water dish

Waiting for it's turn at the feeder

Senior citizen


Every spring they, very industriously, fly in and out of the nest box with nesting materials but, apart for three eggs one spring, nothing.


The eggs had been abandoned.

There are other birds that come to my feeder, notably the Hairy Woodpecker and the Flicker

Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus)


Flicker (Woodpecker - Colaptes auratus)

Junco’s would like to fly to and perch on the feeder but only one seems to have mastered the art. 


To the Chickadee it is no problem at all.

Ma?

Where did it go?

Chickadee in Central Park, Burnaby, B.C.

Chickadee being hand fed in Central Park, Burnaby, B.C.



Monday, 19 November 2012

Raptors


Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata)
Spectacled Owl
Spectacled Owl
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
Harris's Hawk
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura)
















Sunday, 18 November 2012

Ducks




All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!
Ducks' tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Mallard (M)

Mallard (M)

Mallard (M)

Mallard (M)

Mallard (M)

Mallard (F)

Mallard (F)

Mallard (F)

Mallard (F)

Coot

Coot

American Widgeon (F)

American Widgeon (F)

American Widgeon (F)

American Widgeon (F)


American Widgeon (M)

American Widgeon (M)

American Widgeon (M)