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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Variety of eagles

Weather continues to be interesting....


this was the scene yesterday morning....once again we lucked out and missed the really bad weather, no freezing rain and just a skiff of snow....all of which...


had disappeared again, come this morning.

People have been commenting on the numbers of Bald eagles around the last few days....not hundreds like we get in October and November, but more than have been around during the worst of the weather.  Also being commented on is how big they are....but that is due to the fact that most of them are young ones of varying ages, but young ones tend to be larger than mature ones.


this one, for example, with the mainly white 'tummy' is a 2 year old.


while this, mainly brown one is a year old one....it should be mentioned that apparently there are several Golden Eagles in the general area this winter.....I'm not sure if I'd recognize a Golden Eagle....they are very close in appearance to the above, although the bill size and shape is different, the overall bird is larger, and the head and back of the neck has a golden tone.


back to the bald ones though, this is a 3 year old, probably just turning 3 as it will develop more of a mask and other plumage changes before becoming a mature....


adult, like this one.

Although today it was mainly eagles out there...there have been a few other species around...


like this Golden-crowned Kinglet having a spider for breakfast...


a Brown Creeper....


lot's of Dark eyed Junco....


Song Sparrow....


and, of course, those tough little Anna's Hummingbirds.  



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gradually going away

Here it is, the 9th day of the new year already and we've been pretty confined because all that snow we got, just doesn't want to disappear, despite the rain we've had the last little while.


on the 2nd, that was as far as we could get - that is my little monster zooming around out there having a ball!


on the 6th, we made it as far as the first bay but couldn't get any further


then yesterday, the 8th we made it to the log bay.  As you can see, there isn't much around.  A few eagles, a couple of Mallards, the occasional swan but that is about it although yesterday,


the bushes all along the trail were alive with little birds.  Chickadee's of both kinds, the one above being a Chestnutback, but also lots of Gold Crowned Kinglets.  

and this lone male Hooded Merganser was there one day.


today we made it over to Harrison Bay.  This was actually our 3rd attempt.  The first 2 we hadn't stayed because the small area of the parking lot that had been plowed was packed with vehicles and the snow on the dike too deep to walk in....today we had the place to our self.


the beach is still snow covered and it was just as quiet over here.  A few Swans and Geese, a couple of crows, a tapping woodpecker, and a pair of Kingfisher flying around and that was that....but it was nice to get out for a decent walk!

Monday, January 1, 2018

More ice storm photos

Again, a little outside of the normal area.  We did try to get to Harrison Bay today but there was very little of the parking lot cleared and what was clear was full of vehicles - forgot that today was a holiday!  So we drove to Deroche for some more photos...


here is the highway 'en route' - keep in mind this is at least the 4th day since the ice arrived and the 2nd day of nothing but sunshine and it is still all over everything.


went down a side street - not very far because weren't sure if we'd be able to turn around...


here is a close up of an Alder Tree encased in ice.


one of the twigs....


drove down another section, along the Deroche slough


grasses down in the slough....along with some tiny foot prints.


love this ice encrusted Blackberry vine!


a lot of the slough is frozen so the areas of open water are well populated.  


Trumpeter Swans and various ducks....


and some more icy twigs.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

Here we are, the end of yet another year.....and I'm going to do something a little different....


the last couple of days have been interesting to say the least.  Here at the estuary we got snow - lot's of snow - almost 2 feet of snow to be precise.  Freezing rain was forecast as well but somehow we lucked out....as just 5 or so km down the road the ice begins.  Our power had been out for over 24 hours, but again we were lucky as many people are still without power and not expected to have it again for a few days yet.

Today, with weather moderating, we headed into Mission for some much needed groceries.....here are some photos taken along the route....


part way across Nicomen.....


there is a closer look at that particular tree.....


the entrance into the grocery store parking lot....so many ornamental trees along the streets and in parking lots damaged or destroyed....


here is the corner that leads to the Mission Bridge....street lights were flashing red...


and this is along the highway....all along the highway...all wires look like this as do all trees...


street lights, signs, all dripping icicles....


and the Blueberry fields.....


more blueberry fields.....  hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to get out and concentrate on just getting photos.....   May never see this again!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Now we get snow

The holidays are over....


nearly all of the country had a white Christmas....here, our's was best described as 'whitish' as we did wake to a slight dusting of snow.


The flock of male Red-wing Blackbirds does seem to be increasing in number, although still not in the numbers we used to see.


there have been quite a few Dark-eyed Junco too.


and this very vocal Bald Eagle seems to have set up residence over at the log bay.  Easy to tell it is the same one as it rarely shuts up!



this female Hairy Woodpecker has been seen pretty much every day as well.


seeing a 'sun dog' on Boxing Day, you knew something was about to happen weather wise.


with the temperatures remaining below freezing most of the birds are up near bird feeders in the assorted subdivisions, but this Song Sparrow was scratching about in the leaf litter 


and this Brown Creeper was so close I couldn't get the camera to focus on it properly.


then today we woke to snow and it has continued to snow all day (this was taken just after noon) and continues to snow 'as we speak'.


these two were up in the eagle tree by the viewing platform.  The large numbers of eagles are gone now, as are the salmon, but there are a few around....mainly hunting ducks now for food.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

First day of winter

The first day of winter.....unfortunately we haven't any of the white stuff that just about everyone else got....


it came close...but not close enough.  We do have cold though.  Not frigid yet but cold....here is the first bay and what we don't have now, is water.


over at the log way looks pretty much the same.  There was a fair amount of  bird activity over there this morning,


including this Hairy Woodpecker....when I first spotted it, there was a Downy Woodpecker in the exact same spot.


some Red-wing Blackbirds as well...


and the requisite Bald Eagle or two....not really that many around right now, especially compared to other years.


over at Harrison Bay things were much the same....


except there were Trumpeter Swans spread out all over.  Not just on the river and bay, but the farm field that had been full of ducks our last trip, was full of swans this time.


and we weren't sure what was going on with this group.  Lots of head nodding and chasing about.


here is when things calmed down a bit.


there was a Great Blue Heron....


and some Canada Geese in this field while the one right beside the highway was wall to wall geese and ducks.  Masses of ducks.

not much in the way of small birds over there, except near the bird feeders....


here are a couple of male House Sparrows.