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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Harrison Bay

Beautiful day today, just like spring...took the dogs for a walk over to Kilby...


was pretty quiet over there, just like it has been everywhere else lately...


there was this family of Trumpeter Swans in quite close to shore.  Quite a few more further out.


over in the adjacent farm fields there were masses of ducks and geese...


mainly Northern Pin Tail and Green Wing Teal with a few Mallard.


the trees along the dyke were full of Black-capped Chickadees some of them already giving their 'here Penny' breeding season call.


there were a few Red-wing Blackbirds but not many.  Something strange has been happening with this species in this area this winter.  We are finding sick and dying birds and the numbers of the around seem to be dropping rapidly.  Authorities have picked up some of the dead birds, Avian Flu has been ruled out but we are still waiting for word of what is actually happening to them.


and will finish off with this juvenile Bald Eagle perched in a tree in the parking lot.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Oh no! and rainbows....

It's been a while since I've reported anything....it is that quiet time of the year.  Today was one of those spring like days, more like April than January, complete with lot's of showers...


seems every time the sun shone and it seemed safe to venture out for a walk, another cloud would move over and we'd get drenched.  


this Bald Eagle was perched at the edge of the water....the only bird in sight!  In fact apart from hearing some Gold crowned Kinglets working over the cedar tree grove we didn't see another bird all the way to the log bay where we discovered this...


I guess the windstorm we had yesterday did in that top log....it has been perched precariously for a while now....seems strange that it has managed to stay put for almost a century until this year.


here is a closer look.  Certainly ruins the whole ambiance of the area.


the weekends rain also brought up the water levels a bit....no doubt they will retreat again soon....sure is barren out there!  One bright note, my husband saw a couple of robins this morning, they don't usually start showing up in any great numbers until mid-February.  There has also been a flock of Pine Siskin seen periodically the last week or so.

Heading back....


we were treated to this rainbow.  This photo taken from the viewing platform...


and ended with this spectacular double rainbow, so close I couldn't get the whole thing in!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Typical January.....

What with one thing and another haven't gotten out for too many walks lately...


which doesn't really matter because we back into typical, dull, grey, January weather with not a lot of anything much around.  Still a few eagles, some ducks and a heron or two....that is pretty much it.


some times when you walk the trail you don't see anything, other times there is lots of activity like this Spotted Towhee scratching in the leaf litter.

Still watching the Anna Hummingbird activity....


today we had at least 3 different ones at the feeder.  A male, a young one and this one which I think is a female although I'm wondering if it might be a young male just getting it's colour.  Will have to get out my field guide and try and figure it out.

We also have a bit of a mystery happening with Red-wing Blackbirds in the area....will report more when I have some answers.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Snow day

Well as promised....today we got snow...



this was taken about 11 this morning.....



and this about 2:00 pm....in all we got close to 6 inches before it switched over to rain.



there were a number of Bald Eagles around....obviously they weren't all up at Brackendale where there was concern about the low numbers for this first day of their annual Eagle Festival.



there aren't a lot of gulls left around but this Glaucous-wing was over at the log bay this morning.


Not a lot of birds around today, this Varied Thrush was one of several at our place until a Sharp-Shin Hawk decided to take up residence.  Unfortunately missed an opportunity to get a photo of it.


Anna's Hummingbird was still out there in the snow.  This is about the time of year they disappeared last year so I'm interested to see how long I'll continue to see them this year.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Calm before the storm?

Thought I'd get out for a walk today in case the dire weather predictions actually come to pass....


it was a dull but dry sort of day....one thing to mention I noticed today how the bank along this, which I call the 'first bay' is disappearing.  I'm not sure why that should be happening after all these years.  I know the banks over at the log bay are breaking down rapidly due to all the human and dog activity over there but I haven't noticed much in the way of people going down this bank....maybe it is just due to the amount of high water we've had but again, why now?


this Great Blue Heron was perched on the piling....one of it's favorite spots.


Could hear Swans and finally spotted these guys way over flying down the Harrison River.


things were pretty quiet here at the log bay.


and you can see that water levels are back down to where one expects them to be this time of the year...this also shows some of the breaking down bank at this site.


It was pretty quiet along the trail too although I did see a couple of Spotted Towhee....


and Song Sparrow.....  I could hear something tapping way up in one of the eagle trees....


and finally spotted this male Hairy Woodpecker way up high....almost looks like he is building a new nesting cavity.

Now I guess we wait and see if we have snow photos for tomorrow or not.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Years Day 2015

First day of 2015 and it started off beautifully....


some cloud did move in but then disappeared by late afternoon.....


there wasn't a lot around today, probably because being a holiday there were lots of people out and about...not only that but air traffic continues to be one of the concerns in this IBA


and today was an example of why....don't know if there was a flying club our what but at one point there were four small planes circling around over the estuary....these were just too of them.

One thing of note today was....


seeing this Townsend's Chipmunk!  I don't ever recall seeing a chipmunk in January before.  Squirrels, yes, but the chipmunks usually disappear for a few months in winter but apparently not this year.


saw a few birds today that I haven't posted for a while, a Steller's Jay....


a Northern Flicker......


a Dark-eyed Junco....and the interesting thing about that is that there have been very few of them around this year, in fact this guy seems to be all by itself, yet my sister who lives in lake country has numbers of them at her place for the first time ever!


and we'll end off with this not great photo of what is becoming sort of classic....an Anna's Hummingbird at a partially frozen feeder...and don't worry, there was another completely thawed one it had been feeding from a minute or two before I took this photo.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last day of 2014

The last day of 2014 and it was another nice one....


getting to be a bit more ice out there!

It was kind of interesting today, got photo's of a couple of birds that aren't usually quite so cooperative...


the first was this European Starling....had obviously just had a bath and was sitting preening in the sunshine.


The starling wasn't the only one who had been bathing....Red-wing Blackbirds were also scattered about.


with this almost adult Bald Eagle supervising the bathing site.


then over at the log bay a Common Raven.  We see and hear raven on almost a daily basis but not usually this close.  The attractant obviously was the remnants of somebodies duck meal - I mentioned yesterday how the eagles are in hunting mode now the salmon supply is depleted.


there is no shortage of ducks out there...here a bunch of Mallard with one female Gadwall leading the way.


some female Common Merganser and a male Northern Pintail in the back....


a bunch of Green-wing Teal in the background....and somehow I managed to miss American Wigeon.


so ends a rather strange year here at the estuary.....wonder how 2015 will work out?