Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Mischievous Squirrel

Guess who was "at it" again, at the Richmond Nature Park?



That's right! The adorable Douglas Squirrel!



He has a routine, this mischievous squirrel! It involves scaling the feeder post...



...and climbing onto the peanut feeder!





Sadly, while he's stuffing his cute little face with peanuts, this hungry Cooper's Hawk is on the hunt!



...but if there's one thing I know about the little Douglas Squirrel...it's that he's lightening fast! The Cooper's Hawk would have considerable trouble catching him.

Thank goodness....'cause this critter is too cute for his own good! The Park would not be the same without him!



Wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

The Black-capped Chickadee is my 'Spark" bird ~ the bird that peaked my interest in birdwatching, when I was a kid. It's the first bird I was able to identify by song. Here are just a few photos of them...









Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekend Seconds...

Today, I'm sharing a few extra photos from my photo walks last week. Included here are various birds and critters from Elgin Heritage Park and the Richmond Nature Park. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them...


A perched [male] Red-wing Blackbird, from the Elgin Heritage Park, complete with nesting materials from the cattails wrapped around his feet...


A Golden-crowned Sparrow shows us his 'other' half...


A Purple Finch flaunts his colours, at the Richmond Nature Park...


From the Elgin Heritage Park shoreline, A Greater Yellowlegs...


...and a napping Dowitcher...


From the Elgin Heritage Park pond, a Gadwall...


..x duex...


...and a [male] Mallard, preening


An American Coot, chillaxin'


A Canada Goose giving us the 'evil eyeball'...


...and a Sandhill Crane


...and last but not least, an adorable Douglas Squirrel, from the Richmond Nature Park...


He gives you a big smile, as if to say, "Hurry back here, y'all!"

Until next time, my friends...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Walk in the Park...

Today, I decided to spend some time at the Richmond Nature Park. This little urban gem can be found near the corner of Westminster Highway and No#5 Road, in Richmond [a suburb of Vancouver], British Columbia. Since it's only a few blocks away from where I work, I usually try to stop by both in the morning, before work, and in the afternoon, before heading home for the day. This gives me the opportunity to observe different birds and critters, depending on the time of day I visit.

Join me as I take a short photo walk around the park...on this gorgeous day, in the Pacific Northwest.

First up...



An adorable Douglas Squirrel.


The smallest of all Pacific Northwest Squirrels [only 33cms long, including a 13cm tail]


Cute as little teenie weenie buttons, they are!


...much more attractive than their burly cousins, the Grey Squirrel. Some interesting facts about the 3 squirrels that call British Columbia home, can be found HERE


If there is one thing the Douglas Squirrel should worry about...it's this! A lurking Cooper's Hawk. One of two that nest in the park...


Other birds include...the Song Sparrow...


Spotted Towhee...


[male] House Finch...


[female] House Finch...


Purple Finch...


American Goldfinch...


Black-capped Chickadee...


Red-breasted Nuthatch...


American Robin...


...and the smallest of all...a Rufous Hummingbird, perched!


In the pond, one could see a lovely pair of Green-winged Teals...along with a red-eared Slider, poking his head out of the water...


...and if you keep your eyes peeled...you could see a frog or two!


The Nature Park is in full bloom. There's plenty here to keep any bumblebee or hummingbird busy...for hours on end. Next time, I'll bring my macro lens...so I can capture some of the interesting insects that call this park home.





Spending a few moments at your local nature park is a fantastic way to start [or end] a day. Visit your urban park today! You never know what you might find there!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday