Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday











Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Richmond Nature Park: A Photo Album

Here is a small collection of photos, taken at the Richmond Nature Park, over the last few days. Most of the critter's [and birds] shown can be easily observed throughout the park. Others, like the Golden-crowned Kinglet and Bewick's Wren, are considerably more difficult to spot.

You're sure to see atleast one friendly Douglas Squirrel....


...making his way up the post and on to the peanut feeder...


This one was kind enough to pose for me a while...


Rather handsome, don't you think?




This one somehow got himself into the 'caged' feeder...


Looking a little like a prisoner in Squirrel jail...


A Cooper's Hawk sat perched in a tree, near the bird feeders...


A raptor not to be messed with...


While the Cooper's Hawk sat perched, the Downy Woodpecker carried on about his business....




A much larger Hairy Woodpecker was pecking away at a nearby moss-covered tree....


A banded Fox Sparrow took a break from digging in the dirt to munch on seed below the feeder....


There are literally hundreds of Black-capped Chickadees that call the Richmond Nature Park home...




Always pretty is this Spotted Towhee...another widespread regular...




As mentioned above, I managed to flush out this little cutie...Golden-crowned Kinglet...




..and this sweet little Bewick's Wren...


I wonder what I will find here tomorrow....?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday











Saturday, February 13, 2010

Westham Island Birds: A Photo Album

February is an exciting time for birdwatchers, here on the west coast of British Columbia. Many birds are just starting to arrive from warmer climates, while others are getting ready to fly further north. Here are just some of my February 2010 observations ...

A Song Sparrow [a fixture year-round]



A female Red-wing Blackbird [Normally a Spring visitor...here a shade early this year]


A Golden-crowned Sparrow [A winter visitor]


A Black-capped Chickadee [a fixture year-round]


A pair of Mallards [a fixture year-round]


A good look at a Male Mallard


Sandhill Crane [Normally here only in Summer but not this year. Observed all year]




Trumpeter Swans [A winter visitor]






A male Northern Shoveler [A winter visitor]






A female Northern Shoveler


A male Bufflehead [A winter visitor]


A female Lesser Scaup [A winter visitor]


A male Lesser Scaup [A winter visitor]


A small family of Scaups


An American Coot [a fixture year-round]


A pair of Hooded Mergansers [A winter visitor]


A good look at a male Hooded Merganser


A Great Blue Heron [a fixture year-round]


A nice group of Wood Ducks [a fixture year-round]




A good look at a female Wood Duck




An American Wigeon [A winter visitor]


I am really looking forward to sharing our west coast 2010 Spring birds with you. Move over clouds and rain; bring on the sunshine!