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Title: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on November 16, 2013, 10:12:55 PM
This is where you can read about the other fauna and the flora of Hornby Island. We have also posted some photos and stories under the topics of each nest, to provide a wider view of the ecosystem each of those nests is a part of.

Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1245.msg119556#msg119556) to see last year's postings.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on November 16, 2013, 10:23:44 PM
We had gone up the mountain to find edible mushrooms, and we found plenty of those... This season has seen a mind-boggling quantity and variety of fungi. Pine mushrooms and scrambled eggs for breakfast, yum!

We also found this beautiful little one.

Unknown Frog, Mount Geoffrey, November 13, 3:41.
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This one is different from the little tree frogs I find in my garden. Larger, about 5 or 6 cm; faint spots on the back, and a few bold black spots on the flanks. Anyone know who this is?

One toe showing over the rim of a browned salal leaf in this picture.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: idahowa on November 16, 2013, 10:27:06 PM
Nice pics Wren

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on November 23, 2013, 07:20:24 PM
This afternoon around 2 pm I heard sea lions barking from the Hidden Beach area. I went over to check what was going on. By the time I got there the sea lions had moved but there were lots of beautiful sea birds, including a great big raft of American Wigeons, about 60 strong. These are very shy birds so I felt lucky to be able to approach a little bit without frightening them off.

More wigeons arriving... Resident Common Loon in the background.
November 23, 2:06
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It took me a while to sneak in closer and I was lucky enough that the light improved also.
These were close to the little creek that comes off Hidden Beach and seem to be drinking! They dipped their bills in and tipped their heads back, again and again... Is this one of the ways they're feeding? Or might they be scooping the fresh water from the creek from the surface of the salt water?
2:24
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At first I thought the bird in the foreground in this picture was a female, but if you click on the picture you'll see a band of light feathers on top of the head... So a young male, and 2 older ones?
2:31
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on November 23, 2013, 07:47:35 PM
Nearby, Agent Oysterchatcher watches incognito...

November 23, 2:28 pm
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Three Buffleheads land near Big Rock...
( :heart RED feet!)
2:19
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...And a Black-bellied Plover, another regular, patrols the edge of the water.
2:18
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on November 24, 2013, 06:39:41 AM
Winterwren what a great gathering! what a welcoming day for you thank you for sharing  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on November 24, 2013, 09:41:20 PM
More Wigeon photos, because they're so cute and there were some more nice ones in the pile...

Hidden Beach, November 23, 2:34 pm - still drinking? You can see a nice bit of orangey iridescence on the male's green eye patch.
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Beautiful wings...
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And then Agent Oystercatcher tiptoes away toward the next adventure.
2:35
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: amazedbyeagles on November 25, 2013, 08:58:57 AM
These shorebirds and duck photos are wonderful, Wren!  Thank you so much for showing us another intimate side of Hornby! :-) :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on November 27, 2013, 01:10:30 PM
Terrific photos, wren!  I have been trying to learn the ducks and other waterfowl this year, i need a lot more practice. The shorebirds are another favorite (I bought books on gulls and shorebirds -the ones you mentioned are the ones Cornell recommended also.)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on November 27, 2013, 08:10:12 PM
Thank you, Nancy! Nice to know that those books are well regarded elsewhere.

I'm not sure if I already told you this, but for the gulls and shore birds my teacher had me put page markers for just the species that occur in my area. This made the whole learning much less intimidating. Then for the gulls I further mentally subdivided the species into Little Ones, Yellow-Footeds and Pink-Footeds. It becomes almost manageable.

The ducks and alcids were my first love from when I moved to the coast 30 years ago... My winter companions.  :heart  I still get all excited when I learn a new one.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2013, 06:13:18 PM
 
It was a dull day, no good light for fotos, but i just had to stop to see what these water Birds were.
Not sure i*ve named these right, but this is my best guess.
Male to the left, female to the right.
Not sure what the *common* refers to, when naming Birds.
These Ducks seem to me to be anything BUT common.
 
november 15 2013 11:03 - Common Goldeneye pair
 
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Here*s the male, mid-dive.
Look at the cool water action, at both head & tail!
 
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The male again.
 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11346611374/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11346611374/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: sparkie on December 13, 2013, 06:11:17 AM
Lovely pictures booni . In diving I give him a 5  out of 10 . Too much water displacement  :mhihi
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on December 14, 2013, 07:52:45 PM
Lambert Channel, December 10, 2:46 pm... The Orcas came visiting. I saw about 6 but I usually underestimate the numbers. Of course they do not obligingly surface all together or in any convenient order. Plus I can't count and take pictures at the same time.

My camera was set wrong for the first shot but I'll post it anyway... A Mom and two little ones!

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A bull with a very identifiable notch in his tall dorsal fin... Someone will be able to tell which pod this is.

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A different female (the dorsal fin looks different) with one of the two babies. Yellowish patch on the baby's head.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: fol-di-rol on December 14, 2013, 07:57:37 PM
great captures, Wren!   how close were you to them?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 15, 2013, 12:20:30 AM
Yay, Wren! Such nice shots under difficult conditions!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on December 15, 2013, 02:00:31 AM
Magnificent Wren   it is such a thrill to see Orcas and other whales and dolphins. Bonus to see the babies  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Sandor3 on December 15, 2013, 04:15:11 AM
GREAT photos, Wren!  It is always exciting to see these magnificent creatures, and ESPECIALLY the babies.  Look like transients...send the photos to Orca Lab and I'm sure they could give you/us more information.  Thanks for sharing!!

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on December 15, 2013, 02:53:31 PM
 
i believe this is a female Hairy Woodpecker?
i never saw one on the suet feeder until this year.
Never noticed before that Woodpeckers have that patch of yellow next to their bill.

november 29 2013 09:50 - female Hairy Woodpecker

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11392207475/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11392207475/#)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on December 15, 2013, 03:54:57 PM
Yep Hairy, the easiest way for me to tell difference of Hairy & Downy is the size of beak. Hairy about same size as head & maybe the yellow too, don't think Downy have the yellow(which i didn't notice before either, good eye Booni). Downy beak about half size of head.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on December 16, 2013, 08:01:32 PM
I have received via Flickr some communications from a young German woman who might best be described as an Orca Groupie. She seems to know her way through the catalogue of Orca families and posted identifications for two of my photos. Like Sandor she said that this pod are transients.

On the first photo, the blurry one of the female with two babies, she wrote: "The female is T49B (born in 1992). Looks like a new calf with her."

On the second picture, showing the tall male with the notched dorsal fin, she wrote: "That is T49A1. He has grown a lot since the ID catalogue was published!"

There was no identification for the third photo. In it the female's fin shows no distinctive notch. It's like an eagle with perfect feathers... It's the nicks and gaps that allow us a positive identification.

Thank you Sandor and Havannah!

Meanwhile I haven't done my homework, so I don't know what relationship those identity numbers imply and if this pod is one of the regulars around here. From what I understand we often get visits from transients.

Foldi: this was one of my closest sightings of orcas ever. They appeared out of nowhere right next to the ship I was on, and passed under us. By the time I had fumbled my camera out of the bag, they were a few hundred feet away.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on December 17, 2013, 12:31:36 AM
Wren  isn't it amazing how Orcas suddenly appear. Thank you for the update
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Sandor3 on December 17, 2013, 02:40:26 PM
This was on the news yesterday... maybe the same pod you saw, winterwren.  Couldn't find the news clip, but this is pretty spectacular, too!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHJ8wrAkm4A
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on December 17, 2013, 03:21:11 PM
That's by Hornby, not a good day to be a Sea Lion in that spot.

Wren that's cool that the young lady could identify some of the transients.

It's pretty spectacular to be anywhere near such gorgeous creatures. When I commercial fished was lucky enough to be up close.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on December 30, 2013, 10:40:30 PM
In this post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1412.msg142238#msg142238), at the beginning of this thread, I showed pictures of a beautiful frog that I found high up on the mountain while looking for mushrooms.

I asked the neighbour of Nest 36, who is very knowledgeable about our local reptiles and amphibians and has written fascinating articles about them in our local paper, for some help in identifying this frog. She told me that they are Pacific Tree Frogs; this surprised me because I thought all Tree Frogs were tiny. I once found one of them comfortably nestled inside a tulip blossom, with ample room to spare. It turns out that they are variable in size and markings. But I really wanted to obtain permission to share with you my informant's entire email about the frogs of Hornby Island because it is so beautifully descriptive.

I now have that permission... For which I thank this dear teacher.

She writes:
"The photos are a Pacific tree-frog. They come in a wide range of colours. They're always small, with fairly short legs, and seem fairly "tame", as they don't wildly hop away when disturbed. They're the little fellows who blow up their throats and yell "ribbet" so loudly at the edge of ponds in spring. At this time of year, they say "kreck" or "kreckit", which usually means 'It's gonna rain.'

"Our other Hornby frog, the Red-legged frog, is considerably larger. It is very alert and agile, and usually leaps away into water. It has a clearly visible round ear-drum, and red inner thighs, with transparent (!) skin. The other distinguishing feature is a strong keel-like ridge that runs from the eye to the hip-bone, and then angles toward the rump. Red-legged frogs also can be a variety of colours, and they have a dark mask through the eye, but as I remember they have a cream-coloured moustache. They breed in streams and ponds, but their call is a little "put-put-put-put-put"-- from underwater! Absolutely no competition for the little tree-frogs with their high-decibel voices. Don't know how the female Red-leggeds can hear their mates..."
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on December 30, 2013, 10:53:48 PM
Thanks Wren for the interesting info on the tree frogs. I love to hear all those voices in the spring. Don't know how anyone can tell who  is who in the zoo.    We have another frog in our swamp but don't know what it is. So I will have a closer look at it. Doesn't look like your description of the Red legged frog but now I will pay more attention.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on December 31, 2013, 12:46:47 AM
(http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a499/oyster3/CSC_0034_zps1103541f.jpg)

   I went into my photos and looked up the frog you got me curious about Wren.  Is this a Red Legged frog?  I think there is a tadpole just behind the frog.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on December 31, 2013, 10:48:14 PM
Looks like it might be, Linus!
I found this link to photos of some of our native frogs:
http://web.uvic.ca/bullfrogs/page3.htm (http://web.uvic.ca/bullfrogs/page3.htm)

The frog on that page looks much redder, but my teacher tells us that they can be a variety of colours. In any case the UVIC photo illustrates the "keel-like ridge" that she was talking about. Your frog seems to have the same kind of ridge. Also, if you enlarge the photo you can see the round ear-drum underwater.

I know very little about our reptiles and amphibians, and welcome any further comments.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on January 01, 2014, 12:17:20 AM
Many Thanks Wren. I've bookmarked that link, it's very interesting.  A very Happy New Year to you!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 06, 2014, 07:35:31 PM
On January 3, I went walking in the Heron Rocks area. I spotted one of the Heron Rocks eagles (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1394.msg145665#msg145665) (and a visitor), and both of the owners of the Olsen Farm nest. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1463.msg145766#msg145766)

But what I wanted most was to hang out on the rocky beach and quietly commune with whatever seabirds or shore birds happened to be around. The tide was low, and I could hear some shore-bird sounds on the east side of Toby Islet. The islet is connected to shore at low tide, so I headed over, using some boulders for cover to approach without spooking whoever was there.

I saw a lovely Greater Yellowlegs first.
January 3, 1:24
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He immediately flew off toward the Olsen Farm nest. I was tempted to follow, but I could hear all these other birds just around the corner, so I stalked closer to them to see what I could see...

A whole flock of Surfbirds!
1:24
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Here we see them feeding on some of the tiny snails that grow among the seaweed on those rocks. They're all in winter plumage or in juvenal plumage, which are almost identical, except that in the juveniles the upper-parts feathers are supposed to look tidier, with more dark-to-light contrast. I can't really tell that clearly so far. Some birds seem to have darker spots on the belly but I can't find a reference to that in my books.

Never mind that: they're cute, and not very shy, and there was a whole pile of them, so I decided to creep closer and closer and just hang out.


Soon I spotted a different bird among them: a Black-bellied Plover. He looks so different, blockier and with longer legs.
1:26
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We get a better size comparison on this one:
1:28
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 06, 2014, 07:52:29 PM
January 3, continued...

So I'm watching this big flock of shore birds and crawling closer a foot or two at a time, and suddenly of course they all take off.

1:37
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I love the way they all turn together, as if they were one mind...
Hey, they're coming back!
1:38
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 :eceek
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The Mew Gulls hadn't moved, which is why I hadn't moved either... and now they seem completely undisturbed by a few hundred birds landing almost right on their heads.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 06, 2014, 08:16:47 PM
So, hundreds of Surfbirds have been hunting for little shellfish and other invertebrates among the seaweed on this one stretch of rocks, and the place it starting to look picked over. Some of the birds fly a short distance to my left, looking for more food. A movement starts...

January 3, 1:42
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1:43
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A Harlequin duck swims by while another Surfbird lands in the thick seaweed of the new feeding area.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 06, 2014, 08:34:07 PM
Look how picked-over those rock look in places, compared to the last 2 photos in the previous posting.

Some of the birds move to to the left edge of the flock, and mill around for a bit, then they take off to the left one or two at a time, only to be replaced by more.

After a while I see a pattern.

In this photo the second Surfbird from the right is crouching slightly, the only sign that he is about to take off.

Toby Islet, January 3, 1:44
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Seconds later he's airborne, another bird has filled the gap, and again the second one from left is crouching...

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...And then takes off.

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And so on, by ones and twos, always from the left edge of the flock.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 06, 2014, 10:45:36 PM
By now I've sneaked pretty close to the Surfbirds and we have some more detailed views...

Toby Islet, January 3, 1:49
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Maybe the partly-hidden bird on the left would be a juvenile? "Tidier plumage with subtle pale fringes" (O'Brien, Crossley & Karlson, The Shorebird Guide).
1:50
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1:51
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While I took those photos, the birds who had moved to my left were flying back to the middle of the main flock, again trickling in by ones and by twos.
At what point did the decision come up?

Suddenly an explosion of wings.
1:54
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(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/11790676524_7fa1f4d61c_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/11790676524_446fffb4df_o.jpg)


They're difficult to count because so many are overlapping, but I'm estimating about 300 birds in this flock, most of which appear in this photo.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/11783905003_5e3d199c41_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/11783905003_d9361b2c04_o.jpg)

(Click on it and count if you like... I tend to underestimate the numbers in larger flocks.)

The flock wheeled around for a few minutes and then landed on one of the Heron Rocks, a short distance offshore from where I stood. A new food source. I walked the ground where they had stood and aside from a few mussels too large for them to swallow, it had been quite thoroughly cleaned up.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on January 07, 2014, 12:38:47 PM
 :eceek wonderful!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on January 07, 2014, 04:07:41 PM
great photos, wren - and intriguing observations about the taking off from the left.

I have become quite obsessed with shorebirds and waterfowl this year (thank you Cornell) and I know it is not easy to get shots like those!  My photos of flying crowds of birds are mostly a big blur. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 07, 2014, 09:59:01 PM
Thank you for your comments, Cali and Nancy...

Nancy, I was thinking about you as I posted those; it's so nice to know someone who shares my obsessions. I've been admiring your waterfowl photos on flickr.

With all my years at sea, I had to learn to track targets with binoculars and fortunately the skill turned out to be transferable to cameras...

The other part was learning to set a fast enough shutter speed (thank you, Booni).

And sometimes I'm just plain lucky. As when those three hundred Surfbirds, after the usual long debate followed by a secret vote, all decided to turn around and land where they had started from, right in front of me.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on January 10, 2014, 09:34:22 AM

At my suet feeder, i believe i have a female Downy Woodpecker this time.
Look at the yellow, next to the beak again passerine!
 
december 21 2013 10:48 - female Downy Woodpecker
 
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3737/11874392966_80736231f5_b.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3737/11874392966_8e1c11155a_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11874392966/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11874392966/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 26, 2014, 11:17:48 PM
January 11. I've been watching a flock of robins scratching their way around my yard, scattering mulch and gleaning through the fallen leaves in search of tiny insects. Not closely enough, obviously. A week later I heard a distinct little "chock" call and sure enough, among the robins were at least two Varied Thrushes, hiding in plain sight.

Here's one of them. (Grainy high-ISO shots on a cloudy day.)
January 11, 10:09
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Here's another.

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A few minutes later I found them again in a thicket across the street, eating fruit this time. I hadn't known that they also search the ground for insects like the Robins do.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/12146465385_687c66215e_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/12146465385_50b186b7f2_k.jpg)


I saw them twice more that day, always with the robins. Last time there was also at least one Golden-crowned Sparrow with the flock. The thrushes were the shyest ones, flying away to the trees at the least movement. One of them made a little bit of that telephone sound at one point. Practising for spring.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 28, 2014, 08:19:19 PM
January 11, Gravelly Bay, across the channel from Shingle Spit.

A beautiful Common Merganser lady has been residing in the bay for a few days. Once in a while a whole flock joins her, but when they leave, she stays.

Click on the picture to see the "teeth" on her bill.
January 11, 2:19
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Nice waterproof feathers: her face is still full of water from her recent dive, but her crest blows elegantly in the breeze.
(Nice orange feet, too.)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/12164298953_5474299833_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/12164298953_f64170f0f3_o.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/12164298473_4d21d68ec3_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/12164298473_2b7d5ea802_k.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on January 28, 2014, 08:37:24 PM
wow wren - what a "foxy" lady she is
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: dizzymom70 on January 28, 2014, 08:47:04 PM
She is beautiful! I have never seen one of these before.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 29, 2014, 06:34:00 AM
Great picture!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: gzebear on January 29, 2014, 07:27:16 AM

oh, the merganser, what a beauty! great photos, wren - thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 29, 2014, 09:26:59 AM
Wonderful photo of a lovely lady!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on January 29, 2014, 03:20:13 PM
You got the handsome male Varied Thrush, beauty birds. We have a few here, they pretty much like the bugs/grubs, suet, peanuts, go for seeds if it's snowy. They're quite aggressive to each. Wonder if they eat worms, like Robins? Lots of similar traits.

Wren great photography of the Merganser, you can even see detail in the white feathers. I find that hard to get detail from white.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on January 29, 2014, 10:09:53 PM
Thanks for the extra information on the Varied Thrushes, Passerine!

I've never seen them come to my bird feeder yet. But now that I'm learning more about their behaviour, maybe I'll spot them more often. They're such beautiful birds, any sighting of them makes my day.

For white details on photos: most digital cameras are set so the picture looks at its best on the camera's little screen. Unfortunately, that translates as slightly overexposed when seen on the computer - that washed-out look. Try to knock down the exposure a bit. (I use "Exposure compensation" - there may be a different name for it on Nikon cameras.) The picture should look just a little bit on the dark side on the camera's screen. Also you can lower the exposure further in the photo-editing program on your computer, but it's best if most of it is done directly with the camera settings. With the proper exposure, the colours come out brighter and the textures in the white areas show up. If the dark feathers lose their texturing you've overdone it. It's a fine line...  :ecsmile

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on January 30, 2014, 12:31:33 PM
Thank-you Wren, I knew there was a trick, wasn't sure what it was.  :ecsmile I'll try that. I have canon.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on February 08, 2014, 07:40:25 PM
Here is (probably) the same Common  Merganser, resting on the old Gravelly Bay boat ramp with a small flock of Harlequins. Two of the Harlequins have bands: one female at the back, and the male on the left (we can only see a little bit of silver on his right leg in this photo).

Gravelly Bay, January 12, 12:27
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on February 08, 2014, 07:47:56 PM
Two of the Harlequins, swimming, a few minutes later... Not the clearest picture but I like the colours.

Gravelly Bay, January 12, 12:33
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Those boys look so ornamental.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/12398873204_6ff291c4a3_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/12398873204_2814b35f08_h.jpg)


(and somewhat goofy when they're preening)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3776/12398873234_e32fac6bb3_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3776/12398873234_86679ac71d_h.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/12398873254_8a62d09d5c_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/12398873254_c63407edb6_h.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on February 08, 2014, 10:02:31 PM
Harlequins are showy and the mergansers have totally goofy hair-dos (I love them, esp. the hoodies !)

Glimpses of bands a re a bit frustrating -  I see a banded mallard drake in one of my  spots, but I cannot read the band - would love to know more about him.

Good pictures, wren!

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on February 21, 2014, 08:43:39 PM
On February 6 I went down to Phipps Point at low tide, hoping to find some shore birds that I had spotted on a previous outing.
Of course you never know what you're going to find.
Right near the old ferry ramp I found this beautiful lady!

February 6, 3:49 pm
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She was part of a small flock, three females and a male, of Hooded Mergansers! I also spotted another male in the distance, so this may have been part of a larger flock, maybe even the same I saw during the Christmas bird count. They do seem to be hanging out near Phipps Point this year for some reason. Lucky me!


Now this elegant lady dived for her meal and I caught her just as she emerged, crest down and soaking wet:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/12688469595_bd58d03cab_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/12688469595_bd58d03cab_b.jpg)


Just one second, one shake of her head and her hairdo is back to perfection.

This next photo is on a different dive, and she comes back with a meal. I'm pretty sure that this isn't a fish; it looks like one of the flat worms that hide in the seaweed.
4:00
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4:03
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/12688469975_08718cd550_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/12688469975_765fa350bd_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on February 22, 2014, 05:31:15 PM
The gentleman Hoodie is shaking his wings and showing us a different head angle.

Phipps Point, February 6, 4 pm
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Back view, with that black border showing as just a thin stripe, and the crest nicely fluffed up laterally.
4:03
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Mr. and Mrs. Hooded Merganser, out for their constitutional.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5541/12688470525_e0d40811a8_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5541/12688470525_2c8947f111_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on February 22, 2014, 08:54:12 PM
One more Hooded Merganser picture...

A courting dance, with two females and a male bowing and saluting right down to the water.

They look pretty funny with their crest flattened like that. It seems to be part of the dance.
I've seen Red-breasted Mergansers do that same kind of bowing and saluting.

Phipps Point, February 6, 4:03 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on February 22, 2014, 09:39:34 PM
Marvelous Wren! Thank you!:hug
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on February 22, 2014, 10:19:32 PM
I love those Hooded Mergs, wren - those and the Red-breasted are regulars at the places I visit.  Great pictures!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: amazedbyeagles on February 24, 2014, 07:29:26 PM
Awesome photos, Wren!!!!! Thanks you so much for sharing!!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on February 27, 2014, 07:39:23 PM

Click here (http://www.islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf) to see the latest edition of Island Tides newspaper.
On page 5 is an article about Halibut.
The Halibut fishing season is open now.
i find this interesting because Dad seems to be bringing these in to Mum these days.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 27, 2014, 07:48:24 PM


Yikes booni...I hope dad does not bring one the size of the one pictured!!!

miigwetch!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: ivani on March 30, 2014, 02:39:43 PM
Wren, thanks.Your photos are wonderful!
 :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 11:27:35 AM
 
i spotted this sweetie perched on my Rose trellis just outside my window.
 
march 23 2014 15:04 - Song Sparrow
 
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2930/13648052423_c114041ffd_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2930/13648052423_94d5632caf_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/13648038643_9f41592502_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/13648038643_5c8e8898ca_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7090/13648007675_82b251a9e0_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7090/13648007675_90c0348a08_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13648052423/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13648052423/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 05:59:53 PM
 
Another day, another Song Sparrow!
 
march 27 2014 12:17 - Song Sparrow
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7123/13655169753_ece1c12bbf_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7123/13655169753_75efaef8f2_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655169753/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655169753/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 06:12:15 PM
 
It was a dark evening, but there was this gorgeous Rufous Hummingbird in the bush on the other side of my window.
These fotos are all through the window & the fish netting i have over them on the outside to prevent Bird strikes.
Makes it hard to focus!
i was trying to catch the gorgeous colouring under the chin which would catch the light now & then.
This one had these gorgeous yellow *wings* on either side of the neck that would glint once in a while, too.
Have never seen these before.
 
march 30 2014 17:47 - Rufous Hummingbird
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3778/13655484804_ed111b9c96_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3778/13655484804_ed111b9c96_b.jpg)

Caught a little flash of the yellow on one side here.
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5477/13655482324_5990084e3b_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5477/13655482324_5990084e3b_b.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7419/13655111275_d2dbb84ba9_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7419/13655111275_d2dbb84ba9_b.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7432/13655137653_cb7c6afa0a_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7432/13655137653_cb7c6afa0a_b.jpg)

Bingo!
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3764/13655133653_a67306f009_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3764/13655133653_a67306f009_b.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655133653/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655133653/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 06:17:37 PM
 
This guy seemed a little sleepy!
But look how alert he is, how often he moves his head, & how rapid the breathing is.
We see a poopshot!
 
march 30 2014 18:01 - Rufous Hummingbird
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6f0TF2CA3E
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 06:21:49 PM
 
Caught the yellow *wings* here, they look more green now.
 
march 30 2014 18:02 - Rufous Hummingbird
 
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/13655123755_64fa662176_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/13655123755_64fa662176_b.jpg)
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/13655117135_f59d466bb5_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/13655117135_f59d466bb5_b.jpg)
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/13655097975_cc38f987bf_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/13655097975_cc38f987bf_b.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655097975/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655097975/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 06:31:03 PM
 
Look how he*s perched!
He*s not really standing on his legs, he is sort of squatting low over his feet.
 
march 30 2014 18:05 - Rufous Hummingbird
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikrzLB-tzN4
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 06:46:07 PM
 
i was down at Grassy Point & this Bird kept flying over my head.
i finally spotted them way off on the rocky beach & got a foto of them.
A Kildeer!
& this is what they were saying every time they flew past me - kildeer! kildeer! kildeer!
i have never heard this before, & have only ever seen one before on Hornby, & that was at Periwinkle.
i finally realized that there was a pair of them.
& they were walking around on the grassy part.
Oh!
& one of them seemed to be nesting!  :heart
The eyes are so amazing on these Birds.
They were definitely keeping an eye on me, so i stood still & just watched.
 
april 1 2014 09:43 - female Kildeer on nest
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/13655163025_aa89c030f6_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/13655163025_aa89c030f6_b.jpg)

It was amazing how, from a distance, the female would just disappear.
i had to really look to find her.
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/13655510534_3cafaf0409_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/13655510534_3cafaf0409_b.jpg)

The male seemed to be foraging.
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/13655178333_01557ef7b7_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/13655178333_01557ef7b7_b.jpg)
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5551/13655153655_7bb7a7dbdd_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5551/13655153655_7bb7a7dbdd_b.jpg)

i was thinking the orange was the iris of the eye, while the black was the pupil.
Such huge pupils!
But then i thought i could see the pupil is in the dark of the eye.
i think the orange must be on the skin/feathers around the eye, but how striking!
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/13655077385_071b9f3cdf_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/13655077385_071b9f3cdf_b.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655077385/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655077385/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 06:56:54 PM
 
Watch how she bobs her head, even while incubating, if that is what she is doing.
Maybe she is just testing the Nest, like Dad Hornby does?
i thought i could tell the male from the female, but not in this video.
You can hear a White-Crowned Sparrow calling.
Listen closely, does the male sing & dance for the female, who then goes into incubation?
Oh, then you can hear Mum or Dad calling!
Watch how the female scoots the Nest with her feet the way Dad Hornby does.
Do you think they have eggs there?

april 1 2014 09:44 - Kildeer pair nesting
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1taVddI4fQ
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 07:16:38 PM
 

 
april 1 2014 09:48 - female Kildeer on nest
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/13655147445_39bbee2949_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/13655147445_39bbee2949_b.jpg)

april 1 2014 09:53 - male Kildeer
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/13655175553_631bee4c6f_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/13655175553_631bee4c6f_b.jpg)
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/13655074635_e06c80a795_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/13655074635_e06c80a795_b.jpg)

Then this guy caught my attention!

april 1 2014 09:55 - White-Crowned Sparrow
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7105/13655174173_24f89662af_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7105/13655174173_710114f9e1_o.jpg)

Singing his heart out.
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/13655444534_fe821a7017_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/13655444534_1840807f7a_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655074635/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655074635/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 07:23:52 PM
 
Oop!
Gotta wait for me to get this one in focus.
You can just hear him calling, over the wind.
Watch his beak.
i am filming the male, foraging?, & didn*t even notice the female blending into the foreground!
 
april 1 2014 09:48 - Kildeer pair nesting
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FffTaBfeU6U
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 07:25:32 PM
 
LOVE these guys!
 
april 1 2014 09:55 - White-Crowned Sparrow singing
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnl9IYgU4JE
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 07:37:14 PM
 
Wait for me to focus.
Notice they are not letting me out of their sights.
i realize now, when they were flying over my head calling, they were trying to distract me from this Nest.
At about 30 seconds in, watch the female, is she laying an egg?

 
april 1 2014 09:56 - Kildeer pair nesting
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE2QJ552CB8
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: fol-di-rol on April 05, 2014, 07:55:50 PM
Just WOW!  Booni ♥

Song sparrow, White-crowned sparrow, Rufous hummingbirds, and disappearing Kildeer!  What a wonderful series of pictures and vids.

As for the the Rufous - do they actually have legs?  When I held the Anna's in my hand, it felt as though it just had feet, and the feet were like suction cups - it clung to my finger really hard.  What gorgeous pictures - they never seem as colourful here, and don't arrive in my garden until the scarlet runners are in flower, which would be about late May/early June, and then they don't stay long.  What I need to get is a flowering currant shrub, which is what they love at this time of year.

The Kildeer are fascinating - sure kept their beautiful eyes on you. 

Thank you so much.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 08:17:49 PM
 
The female? on the Nest.
 
april 1 2014 10:01 - Kildeer
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/13655439014_2d6c59f0be_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/13655439014_e8bd3d46cc_o.jpg)

april 1 2014 10:01 - Song Sparrow
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/13655116803_7523215fc8_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/13655116803_46700c62f7_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655439014/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13655439014/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2014, 08:35:17 PM
 
i was so tempted to take a peek in that Nest to see if there were eggs!
But i knew the pair would freak out.
& how would i even find it?
i*d just as easily step on it & not even notice.
So i just left them alone & wished them luck.
That is a tough spot to have a Nest, with people around all the time.
 
april 1 2014 10:11 - Kildeer pair nesting
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjq_R0fEKps
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Donnae on April 05, 2014, 10:31:27 PM
Fantastic photos Booni... love them all, but the Kildeer is one of my favourite birds... love how when protecting their nest, they do the fake broken wing bit to draw your attention away from the nest.  Never seen a Rufous before either... just gorgeous!! Thank you so much for all the photos and videos!!!! We so enjoy them.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: ivani on April 07, 2014, 01:39:11 PM
 :ecsmile
wonderful! Thanks you Booni.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2014, 08:39:00 PM
 
It was a wet day, & this sweet little Oregon Junco was having a bath & preen in the wet leaves.
 
march 29 2014 11:44 - Oregon Junco having a wet leaf bath
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/13781104743_9a214d3db9_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/13781104743_52999f0a5f_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13781104743/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13781104743/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2014, 08:40:58 PM
 
march 29 2014 11:44 - Oregon Junco having a wet leaf bath
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtXjWmEeuF8
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on April 15, 2014, 04:33:22 AM
wonderful pics booni....I feel bad for the kildeer nesting on the ground.  I know some birds do, but it seems so precarious!  good luck mr and mrs kildeer!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 07:44:18 AM
 
i was feeding my woodstove when this GIGANTIC black Bird caught my eye.
A male Pileated Woodpecker!
Just outside my window!
So i tiptoed away to get my camera, hoping he wouldn*t spot me.
The reflection on the outside window & the fish netting must have helped to disguise me.
i have never seen a Pileated Woodpecker on my suet!
& so close.
i had been noticing the blocks disappearing rather rapidly.
Now i know why.
 
april 3 2014 12:35 - male Pileated Woodpecker eating suet  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC4lSfCug8M
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 07:46:45 AM
 
Look at this beautiful male Robin, totally oblivious to the fact that it is just bucketing down rain.
 
april 3 2014 13:27 - male Robin ignoring the rain 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJQBtATvXg
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 07:50:02 AM
 
Here is that same leaf bath spa as the male Oregon Junco was in.
This time there is a female Spotted Towhee enjoying a nice preen there.
i see the males a lot in the yard, but seldom see the females.
i believe she has a Nest nearby.
 
april 4 2014 14:16 - female Spotted Towhee enjoys a leaf bath & preen 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnHsM1EQfIM
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 07:55:06 AM
 
i was in the back of my garden & heard this magnificent enthusiastic singing.
i hear this song a lot but have never managed to spot who is making it.
This time i managed to!
Had to just stand there & wait for movement out of the corner of my eye.
A Winter Wren!
You might have to wait for me to find & focus on him, but listen to the beautiful song while you wait.
 
april 8 2014 13:12 - Winter Wren singing 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp2jVhhOPS0
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 07:56:21 AM
 
april 8 2014 13:19 - Winter Wren singing  
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0k2bJ1iW18
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 07:57:43 AM
 
april 8 2014 13:21 - Winter Wren singing
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KlRfUO83i4
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2014, 08:00:30 AM
 
Another day & here is the female Spotted Towhee in the Leaf Spa!
 
april 8 2014 13:37 - female Spotted Towhee enjoys a leaf bath & preen
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjDP_sApyEc
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on April 18, 2014, 10:24:14 AM
booni, having tried for some of those kinds of special moment videos myself, and knowing how hard they are to capture, I really appreciate the clips you have posted above.  I especially like the Winter Wren singing - those wrens are tiny but loud!  (I have a Carolina Wren in my yard and he can be heard for some distance!).
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: fol-di-rol on April 18, 2014, 10:25:29 AM
Booni!  Thanks for more great pictures - you have created the perfect environment for birds in your garden, and it's no wonder you see so many making themselves at home there.

Aren't those pileated woodpeckers incredible up close and personal!  It happened to me one time - a face to face encounter, and I don't know who was more surprised.  He was on the roof of our shed, and I was just coming out of the door and looked up into the face of this enormous woodpecker!

And I always knew Winterwren had a lovely voice! (lol)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: madrona on April 18, 2014, 11:39:55 AM
Lovely videos, booni.  Nice to see that the Pileated woodpecker visits your suet feeder too.   :eclove  I love to see them, and our local pair seem to come to our suet most days.  They must time it to avoid the Flickers who are regulars too.  The Flickers are often accompanied by starlings and I have been impressed to see these two 'dotty' birds sharing the feeder.

I was most interested in hearing the Winterwren - it is a song I hear often, but have never managed to find the singer.

The other day I did, however, see a Bewick's wren who was investigating our ceanothus hedge - 'beeping' all the while.  I am hoping that maybe a nest site was being investigated.  (At first I thought it might be a Winterwren, but the white eyestripe was very pronounced, and the lighter underside.)  Of course, I didn't have my camera in my hand, and was sure if I went back into the house to grab the camera the wren would leave - so the only image I have is the one still in my head!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 19, 2014, 09:28:24 AM
 
Okay, so this was wicked cool!
i saw this great big Bird come flying into my yard & land at the suet feeder.
A female Pileated Woodpecker!
The male has the red bar on the cheek, while she does not.
i didn*t dare move, for fear of frightening her away, but she seemed not to notice me so i snuck off & got my camera.
She is in behind my yellow pom pom bush, Kerria Japonica, so i am having trouble focusing.
Listen carefully at 14 seconds in.
Here those little wings flapping?
A little Chickadee was in the bush behind me & was coming very close to the back of my head!
At 19 seconds in, notice the sound of wings again.
If you can believe it, this little sweet female Chickadee flew from the bush to in front of my face & landed right on the top of my camera while i stood there with my jaw on the ground.
You can hear the scritching of her little feet next to the microphone!
Then the flutter of wings as she flies off again.
But guess where she went?
She landed on the top of my head & was scritching around in my hair.
i could feel the sharp little talons(?) on my scalp as she looked around.
i was afraid she*d get tangled in there, but she managed to escape & finally i have the Pileated Woodpecker in focus.
What a treat!
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t3iBUW6fnE
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 19, 2014, 09:37:12 AM
 
This sweet Song Sparrow was dipping in the creek for the longest time so i went to get my camera to see what she was doing up close.
i am having trouble finding & following her, but you get a few glimpses as she forages around, & then at the end of the video she kind of freezes & just stares at me.
Fascinating to see her looking at me, watching her.
 
april 18 2014 14:43 - Song Sparrow in the creek
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edSlhaELmBw
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on April 20, 2014, 05:39:41 AM
Wow Booni....I DO hear her on your camera!  what a treat!    :eceek
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 20, 2014, 09:06:40 AM
 
Here*s the male Pileated Woodpecker at the suet feeder.
You can see his lovely red cheek bar that differentiates him from the female.

april 3 2014 12:34 - male Pileated Woodpecker

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2899/13950684283_25fb857853_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2899/13950684283_b9425762b9_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13950684283/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13950684283/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 20, 2014, 09:13:43 AM
 
Here*s our male Robin in the rain.

april 3 2014 13:26 - male American Robin

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/13951235734_a0bd7a683c_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/13951235734_7975c138f4_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13951235734/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13951235734/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 20, 2014, 10:03:04 AM
 
The Garter Snakes are coming out of their winter hidey-holes to bask in the sun in my garden!

april 4 2014 12:46 - Garter Snake

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7187/13951450393_d3abd7e684_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7187/13951450393_f34db19e97_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13951450393/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13951450393/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 20, 2014, 07:14:09 PM
 
The Golden-Crowned Sparrows are back!  :heart
They arrive every year around this time, tank up for two to three weeks, then are gone again.
i LOVE their song!
i*ll try to get a video of it, but this is from inside the house.

april 19 2014 16:55 - Golden-Crowned Sparrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xONAsE6Pt7M

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 20, 2014, 08:35:07 PM

For some reason, Morel Mushrooms grow in my yard!
 
april 20 2014 17:56 - Otto & the Morel Mushroom
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7048/13937737001_643cdd9e66_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7048/13937737001_667343be45_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13937737001/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13937737001/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on April 21, 2014, 04:41:36 AM
Wow booni....around here, your yard would be considered sacred ground!  Mushroom hunters around here keep their morel area "finds" so secret, they pass it on in wills!   LOL

Hi Otto.  :heart

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2014, 08:30:43 AM
 
Here is our beautiful male Rufous Hummingbird again, this time not through a window & fishnetting!
This first one isn*t as sharp as i would like, but it shows his lovely greeny/yellow *wings*!
Neat how the light caught the Spider web going straight down from where he is perched.
 
april 8 2014 16:06 - male Rufous Hummingbird
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/13952000642_3f34bdc586_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/13952000642_218998894c_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/13951989971_9c2ee4a9a2_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/13951989971_a4db7cd80b_o.jpg)

& here is one of the lovely Spring flowers that Hummingbirds enjoy feeding from.

april 8 2014 17:52 - wild flowering Currant
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/13951978161_2fdf89ba6f_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/13951978161_69259ba20e_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13951989971/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13951989971/in/photostream/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2014, 08:35:36 AM
 
i thought Jonathan might be interested to see the little things growing on this big rock!
 
april 11 2014 10:05 - big rock with interesting Moss & Lichens
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/13952067911_f0b513a609_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/13952067911_2958c0fd59_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13952067911/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13952067911/in/photostream/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2014, 09:50:37 AM
 
i see a flash of yellow once in a while in the Flowering Currant Bush & was thrilled this day to actually catch the flash standing still for a second!

april 11 2014 14:25 - wild flowering Currant & Orange-crowned Warbler

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7256/13971319485_f46a65fe8b_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7256/13971319485_177fbccc57_o.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/13968136002_cfd7eea713_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/13968136002_ecddae9421_o.jpg)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13971319485/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13971319485/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: birdvoyer on April 22, 2014, 01:33:06 PM
Oh, she is so pretty!

I am still laughing about the Chickadee landing in your hair! I remember people saying "my hair looks like a bird's nest" when it was not combed yet for the day.  Whether yours was or was not is not really the point...obviously s/he found your hair appealing enough for a visit! They know you are the "bird whisperer" booni. ♥

All great photos.  Thanks for sharing your sanctuary with us.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 29, 2014, 09:38:45 AM
 
i was so delighted to see this flash of yellow darting around in my Apple Tree!
Not only was he moving fast, his body was also moving fast.
i think he*d just had a bath & was preening.

april 27 2014 15:47 - male Townsend*s Warbler

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/14027622496_26776fae73_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/14027622496_48f51615b9_o.jpg)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/14050747615_7ccaaa396f_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/14050747615_17f2c1f3e7_o.jpg)

Last year i spotted a female Townsend*s Warbler feeding a great big Cowbird!
See those fotos here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1245.msg139322#msg139322)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14027622496/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14027622496/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on April 29, 2014, 11:03:11 AM
Booni   your garden sure attracts a large variety of birds. Must be a beautiful place to be. Your photos are lovely.  Who is that handsome black and white fellow in your photo?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on April 29, 2014, 06:29:44 PM
Are there outside cats on Hornby Island?
Inquiring minds want to know. I know this is a weird question, but Mr. Raj tells me that our peepee cat Misha is at risk because we have heard eagles in our area.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on April 29, 2014, 06:33:06 PM
 
linused, that is Otto, a Great Dane i am fostering.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/13827193444_c6427e664e_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/13827193444_799dcc9180_o.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3698/13883822101_f82aa82f74_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3698/13883822101_3de6a0cda4_o.jpg)

Rajame, yes, there are outside cats & feral cats on Hornby.  :ecsad

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on April 29, 2014, 09:39:10 PM
Hello Otto,   you are very handsome, and you are in a very good place.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on April 29, 2014, 10:33:23 PM
Otto is blessed to have you with him!

Thank you for the cat message. I understand the concern with the birds.

:hugs
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 07, 2014, 08:30:27 PM
Just for you, Ostrich:
Cooper's Hawk high above my yard, April 14, 2:04 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5331/14111449656_d1a5c02686_z.jpg)

(This photo is not clickable... this is the original, cropped. That bird was really high up.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on May 08, 2014, 01:06:36 PM
Otto ♥♥
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 09, 2014, 08:59:19 PM

Today i spotted a Bird hanging out in my bird feeder.
They were very still, even though Otto & i were quite close.
i was able to go right up to the Bird & they didn*t fly away.
They weren*t puffed up, but they were sort of sleepy & their eyes stayed closed!
i should have just grabbed them right there, but i didn*t have a box with a towel in it or a net ready.
So i took some fotos & then they fluttered away.

may 9 2014 14:21 - juvenile or female Purple Finch

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5153/14149265834_a806fd2f13_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5153/14149265834_ca45da20c2_o.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/14145775921_c40d07ea2a_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/14145775921_a98bbaa5a0_o.jpg)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2938/13962403217_5e7f283018_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2938/13962403217_dcd5b0bcf0_o.jpg)


They didn*t fly like a Bird usually does, they fluttered slowly, then clumsily landed on a branch.
i guess because they could barely see!
So i went & got my box ready & my Butterfly net in my hand.
i wasn*t very good at capturing them.
i got a few tries with the net, but they always got out & away.
i thought i had lost them, but later in the afternoon i recognized their flight & they landed on my roof then one of my nut Trees.
i tried another net capture there, but again was unsuccessful.
They landed way up in another tree, so i went & got my ladder & net.
This time i put the net over the Bird & used it to grab the Bird with my hands.
Did they every squawk!
i ran down the ladder & into the house where i had the box ready for them.
i used a bit of tape to keep the lid closed, but not so closed there was no air.
They were fluttering away in there like crazy!
i called MARS & Reg answered.
He said they*ve had a lot of cases with these shut eyes.
It is called Finch Conjunctivitis.
More info is here. (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/hofifaqs.html)
i ran with the box to meet the lineup for the 5 ferry off of Hornby & lucked out to find a woman driving who knew where MARS was & would get the Bird in to them!

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre has a post on their page about this, with a good foto, here. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=625938437481022&set=a.625938374147695.1073741858.124125990995605&type=1&theater)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14149265834/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14149265834/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: luvthebirds on May 09, 2014, 09:21:34 PM
booni, thank you for your work to capture the poor bird and seeing it would be cared for.  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on May 10, 2014, 08:42:44 AM
Thanks Booni for sharing this, glad to know they an get better.

Otto is lovely. :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2014, 10:16:44 AM
 
Okay, going back a bit in time, here is a strapping healthy male Purple Finch.
i LOVE these guys!
He*s got his head feathers perked up here.
 
april 27 2014 15:48 - male Purple Finch
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/13966505158_aa7413f165_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/13966505158_884dc62af9_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/14149809421_3b766bf139_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/14149809421_9899b3d757_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7410/14153142555_05099dfb33_b.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7410/14153142555_8c34163881_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13966505158/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13966505158/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Donnae on May 10, 2014, 10:20:29 AM
Thanks you Booni.... you are the greatest... hopefully the birds will do well and be able to be released soon.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on May 10, 2014, 11:31:29 AM
Thank you Booni! You always amaze me! Always! :hug
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on May 11, 2014, 07:28:57 AM
thanks for helping this little one booni!   :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on May 11, 2014, 09:56:05 PM
purple finch DUDE!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on May 12, 2014, 12:51:27 AM
Beautiful photos Booni,  the finches are sure handsome, and wow those colours.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 13, 2014, 09:02:24 AM
 
Here*s the lovely female Purple Finch.
Could be a juvenile male or female too.

april 29 2014 14:30 - female Purple Finch

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april 29 2014 14:32 - male Purple Finch

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13991472209/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13991472209/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 13, 2014, 09:58:05 AM
 
i have never noticed Pileated Woodpeckers, or ANY Woodpeckers for that matter, on my suet feeders before.
This year i have seen Downy, Hairy & Pileated!
The Pileateds have been doing me a favour & calling very loudly, just before they land on the suet.
So this gives me a chance to photograph them.
i am in the house & looking through windows, fish netting & leaves, but i get the odd good view of them!
Here is the male with his lovely red malar/cheek stripe.

april 29 2014 14:34 - male Pileated Woodpecker

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april 29 2014 14:36 - female Pileated Woodpecker

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april 29 2014 14:37 - male Pileated Woodpecker

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april 29 2014 14:40 - female Pileated Woodpecker

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A view of the back of her head.
You can see read in amongst the black there.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14178224665/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14178224665/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 13, 2014, 09:37:34 PM
It must be the Year of the Woodpecker, Booni!
I'm seeing some of them on my feeder too! Though nothing as big as those Pileateds. It must be quite the commotion when they come in!
I get all excited every time those woodpeckers come for a visit.

But I'm trying to post my photos in order (let's see how long that resolution lasts...) so first of all I'll show you another visitor to my yard.

My best guess is that this is a female Yellow-rumped Warbler. She was actually foraging on the ground, very close, seeming to pick up and swallow inedible things like little pieces of bark. Then flew off just after I reached for my camera, but waited politely on a fence post while I took a few photos. Then back she flew into the alder canopy, where she behaved like a proper warbler, playing hide and seek in the foliage, gleaning for bugs.

We see her yellow rump on this first picture.
April 30, 5:50 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2014, 10:09:59 AM
 
These lovely Birds are EXTREMELY wary.
Even if i am just in my yard, they fly off from the Trees.
But on this day, i was in the house behind windows & fish netting, sitting as still as i possibly could, so, though they were still highly aware of my presence, they graced me with some nice close-ups!

april 29 2014 15:51 - Band-Tailed Pigeon

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Look at all their gorgeous colours!
From the back of their neck to their eye to their bill!
The bill reminds me of a Vulture*s.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5587/13992032978_7143d48320_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5587/13992032978_39d4c69774_o.jpg)

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Fabulous!

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14175380751/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14175380751/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2014, 10:22:10 AM
 
Here*s one in my Apple Tree, debating coming closer to the seed feeder.

april 29 2014 15:53 - Band-Tailed Pigeon


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XMgP0LVcWs

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2014, 10:26:04 AM
 
april 29 2014 15:57 - Band-Tailed Pigeon

i think Otto moved & scared them away at the end!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqn6n3_C1XY
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 15, 2014, 10:36:55 AM
Booni, that is just beyond beautiful.
I've never been able to see those birds as much more than a blur of wings.
What beautiful eye colour, and those ornamental feathers on the neck!
Just amazing. I can't stop looking at them.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2014, 10:38:56 AM
 
april 29 2014 16:07 - Band-Tailed Pigeon



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odUazUU0Yhg
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 17, 2014, 08:08:43 PM
 
may 15 2014 18:21 - Song Sparrow
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtJ9DLBrmZo
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on May 19, 2014, 07:36:16 AM
Booni I have never seen such great photos with the amazing details you got of the pigeons.  :ecsmile I have about 40 of them, they come every year. Sometimes nesting near by. Boy can they go through the seeds. Fun to have though. The sound of them all flying off is loud.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 19, 2014, 09:10:32 AM
 
i was SUPER excited to spot this lovely little flower beside the trail on the Mountain!
 
may 2 2014 11:54 - Fairyslipper
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14222556004/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14222556004/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 20, 2014, 11:06:59 PM
I think I should share what I learned today when I read more about the Fairyslipper... It sure was news to me.

From Pojar and McKinnon's Plants of Coastal British Columbia:

"This beautiful (and deliciously perfumed) little orchid, although widespread, is rapidly being exterminated in populated areas due to trampling and especially picking. The corms are attached by means of delicate roots that are easily broken even by the lightest tug on the stem. Hence, when the flower is picked, the plant usually dies."
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 20, 2014, 11:15:49 PM
A couple of weeks ago at Phipps Point, I heard an unfamiliar 'chip' call from a bird that sounded like it was really close to me. Birds often project their voices somehow. It took me an embarrassingly long time to find the singer. This little fellow was right under my nose and his voice sounded as if it came from ten feet up in the air.

Second surprise, it was a Song Sparrow, making a kind of call I had never heard before.
Phipps Point, May 1, 2:11 pm
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It's only because his beak and throat moved in sync with the calls that I knew for sure they came from him!

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 21, 2014, 08:14:19 PM
Following this post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1412.msg151813#msg151813) with Booni's report of woodpeckers attending her suet feeder, I'm driven to ask, is this the Year of the Woodpecker?

I'm getting some regulars also!

This lovely male Hairy Woodpecker started visiting at the end of April. He politely announces himself as he flies to a nearby tree, giving me time to grab my camera and get out of his way.
April 28, 11:25
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11:26
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on May 21, 2014, 08:39:38 PM
After he feeds, the Hairy Woodpecker often perches back on one of the big firs to finish his bite and feak his bill. One day in early May a second Hairy Woodpecker landed right above him! This one lacked the red patch on the head... A Lady Woodpecker! There followed a little pursuit and some sounds I had never heard from Hairys; you know the sound of a window being vigourously wiped squeaky clean? I thought the Northern Flickers were making that sound... Maybe they do, but the Hairys sound like that too when they're in the right mood!

So the day after that, I had a second visitor at the feeder. Mademoiselle Hairy was initially much more shy, but she is getting over it. And she doesn't always squeak when she comes in, so sometimes we startle each other.

May 5 2:45 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 24, 2014, 09:09:36 AM
 
i found this really cool white growth on a rotting Tree trunk in the woods.
Maybe Jonathan will tell us what it is!
 
may 13 2014 11:30 - interesting fungal growth
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14255648791/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14255648791/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 24, 2014, 10:04:43 AM

Here is another sample.
Not sure if this is the same stuff.
Help me Jonathan!
 
may 13 2014 11:55 - interesting fungal growth
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14072432768/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14072432768/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Jonathan M on May 24, 2014, 07:50:55 PM
Very neat fungus (well technically not a fungus but treated a such by many mycologist) this is called Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa. It is common in summertime especially after heavy rain in june. you can't eat them.

here is a close up picture i took of the same specie


http://www.flickr.com/photos/31366379@N05/4693596256/#in/photolist-a2qxvE-8dfLhk-8dfNy2-6B56kM-9UH8zy-nnTgUt-8q65UT-eMdjxk-89KUDo-eDjZkd-9XLmnH-8bSmFh (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31366379@N05/4693596256/#in/photolist-a2qxvE-8dfLhk-8dfNy2-6B56kM-9UH8zy-nnTgUt-8q65UT-eMdjxk-89KUDo-eDjZkd-9XLmnH-8bSmFh)


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***booni made Jonathan*s foto visible in the post***
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 24, 2014, 08:34:25 PM

Thank you Jonathan!
How interesting.
i LOVE your foto.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on May 24, 2014, 10:08:03 PM
Thank you Booni and Jonathan! Great series of pictures and descriptions!!!
:hearts2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2014, 10:20:40 AM
 
i am trying to show you this magnificent, gnarly Arbutus Tree, clinging to the cliff, & also, how high up we are at the same time.
Not sure of my success, but what the heck.

may 23 2014 11:49 - gorgeous Arbutus Tree clinging to the summit of Mt. Geoffrey

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14287399883/sizes/l (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14287399883/sizes/l)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2014, 10:33:28 AM
 
Okay, bear with me here.
i am seeing the gorgeous orange flashes of a male Black-Headed Grosbeak in my garden!
Last year i could barely sneak up on them in the Bird feeder.
This year perhaps he is more used to me.
Or perhaps i am in the garden at just the right time.
i am on my hands & knees, weeding, trying to make myself small, & trying to bring my camera everywhere i go so i can grab it without startling anybody away.
i have just seen a male Townsend*s Warbler, but i can*t move to grab my camera!
So that one is in my mind*s eye for now.
Oh, but here is the male Grosbeak, & he seems to be eating Elderberry berries!
At least i am catching some of his lovely colouring, if not the perfect fotos.

may 24 2014 12:55 - male Black-Headed Grosbeak

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You can also see a green berry in his mouth.

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This one you can just see the lovely colouring on the back of his head.
He is in focus, but there are leaves in the way!
Back to weeding, til my next opportunity.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14080723259/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14080723259/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2014, 03:14:43 PM
 
Okay, a bit later this same day, & here is the male Grosbeak letting me see him in a different Tree.
& this time he is singing!
Watch his throat move & listen for his song!

may 24 2014 15:06 - male Black-Headed Grosbeak

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9h2tg-_jI
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: fol-di-rol on May 25, 2014, 04:35:17 PM
That lovely Grosbeak is really singing his heart out - your garden is awesome, and I hope to visit it again one day! 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on May 26, 2014, 04:59:59 AM
Pretty bird, pretty song.  Thanks booni.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: ivani on May 26, 2014, 01:54:13 PM
So beautiful!! I loved the song. Thank you Booni.  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2014, 08:14:54 AM

i wanted to show you local photographer Paul Wullum*s extremely clever fotos!
Click on each of the three titles.


Song Of The Western Needlenose (http://www.fotoblur.com/images/657004)


Going Solo (http://www.fotoblur.com/images/632507)


Feeding Time (http://www.fotoblur.com/images/631140)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2014, 09:21:06 AM
 
Here he is!
A little more visible this time.

may 24 2014 15:05 - male Black-Headed Grosbeak

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A good view of that lovely yellow patch on the belly & also the colouring on the back of the head!

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14097339360/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14097339360/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on May 27, 2014, 09:34:09 AM
A real beauty, booni!  great pics and video.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2014, 09:57:25 AM
 
This lovely wild Flower is everywhere in the woods right now.

may 24 2014 16:36 - Broad-Leaved Star-Flower

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14284168195/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14284168195/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2014, 10:12:24 AM
 
Another beauty this time of year, & this one*s edible.

may 24 2014 17:18 - Siberian Miner*s-Lettuce

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14283843464/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14283843464/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on May 27, 2014, 11:17:50 AM
such good photos, Booni - and Paul Wullum's creations made me grin
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2014, 07:33:53 AM
 
i was doing my dishes & watching for Birds in my garden when i spotted this beauty!
A Swainson*s Thrush.
i HEAR these Birds all the time, but next to never SEE one!

may 24 2014 18:20:48 - Swainson*s Thrush

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14104383220/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14104383220/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2014, 08:00:12 AM
 
It was a dull evening but the gorget of this beautiful male Rufous Hummingbird was shining bright.
i was trying to catch it with fotos, but my shutter speed was too slow with the dull light.
So i thought a video might show it better.
He does a nice stretch towards the end of the video.
They stretch lightening-fast compared to an Eagle!
 
may 24 2014 18:36 - male Rufous Hummingbird 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Rbjez6R5Q
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2014, 08:07:49 AM
 
Here he is again.
He takes off & comes back again, & seems to be displaying with his wings.
 
may 24 2014 18:44 - male Rufous Hummingbird
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssYrmnRmtII
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2014, 08:12:29 AM
 
The Robins have fledglings already.
i am in awe of these busy Birds.
Everywhere you go, you see Robins, busy busy busy.
i slow down when i see them on the road, poor things are always interrupted by us & our cars.
This lovely male was on top of my Bird feeder.
Look how his head feathers are crested, & notice the hook of his upper beak.
Watch him blink his nictitating membrane!
You can hear him making quiet calls, even though i am in the house.
 
may 25 2014 10:15 - male American Robin 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvzKpqNYgY
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 31, 2014, 09:11:54 AM
 
Some of the fotos that turned out not too bad of the male Rufous Hummingbird.
i notice that the gorget reflects on the underside of his bill!

may 24 2014 18:23 - male Rufous Hummingbird

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14282994806/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14282994806/in/photostream/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on May 31, 2014, 09:25:39 AM
 
may 24 2014 18:36 - male Rufous Hummingbird

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14326315413/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14326315413/in/photostream/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on June 01, 2014, 12:31:45 AM
Beautiful bird photos Booni  I love how you write about them. Last year a pair of robins raised two clutches of babies on my ladder which is leaning against the firewood in a shed.  They have just fledged their first clutch of this season. Seems they like the location. I have to work hard trying to avoid the shed till they are finished, it's harder than you'd think lol   
    Your hummingbird is very handsome, I love how the colours shine.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 04, 2014, 11:21:17 PM
At first I thought this little one was a Townsend's Warbler, but she is not. She is a female Black-throated Grey Warbler. Her calls were similar to a Townsend's. I had never seen one of those before.

The males have a black throat; the females, just a band across the upper breast.

May 11, 5:22 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 04, 2014, 11:28:40 PM
An hour later I caught a photo of another warbler, flitting most photogenically between the blossoms of an apple tree in the low light of early evening. My best guess is that this is an Orange-crowned Warbler.

May 11, 6:20 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 04, 2014, 11:38:17 PM
Some days I get very little done in the garden; I'm way too busy watching the birds. As I learn more about the passerines who share my yard, I perceive more and more of their comings and goings. I am becoming a very distracted gardener.

May 13 was one of those days.  :ecsmile

First, a Song Sparrow peeking at me from the roof of the feeder.
May 13, 10:37
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10:38
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 04, 2014, 11:53:29 PM
Next visitor was Mr. Hairy Woodpecker, on his daily rounds.

May 13, 10:47
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And then...
I got another visit from the Northern Flicker, and this time I had my camera and was far enough to be able to take a photo without frightening him away!
(Didn't I say somewhere that this has to be the Year of the Woodpecker?)
I love his white petticoat with the little black hearts.
May 13, 1:57 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 05, 2014, 12:03:13 AM
For several days, I had been hearing some insistent raucous calls from across the road, and had come to believe that there was a starling's nest next door. But on May 13 I was being a Distracted Gardener and I finally followed my curiosity.

It turns out that this little character made all that racket, all by himself. I initially took him for a Bewick's Wren until I saw the photos close up. I didn't even know we had House Wrens here, but that is what he is. He sounds like a starling trying to imitate a wren and making a really bad job of it.

May 13, 5:40 pm
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This guy is just minuscule. That is a telephone wire he is perched on.
On this photo his eyes are partly closed.

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5:53 and still singing.
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 05, 2014, 12:10:47 AM
One last sighting from May 13.
I started noticing the Chipping Sparrows last year. They seem to appear briefly in mid-May, and then vanish, so I'm guessing they must be migrants? They are really small for sparrows; I checked the warbler section of my bird book several times because I had trouble believing they weren't warblers. But they behave like sparrows, dropping silently out of sight for safety, and often feeding on the ground. After several attempts I finally managed to get a photo that's at least clear enough for identification.

May 13, 5:45 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 06, 2014, 08:09:29 AM
 
i love Robins.
They are always working so hard.
Everywhere you go, no matter what time of day it is, or how hot, the Robins are out gathering food & nesting materials & feeding their fledglings.
Here is a lovely male Robin, making his calls.
 
june 1 2014 13:52 - male American Robin calling
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR2PSA_Sa-U
 

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 06, 2014, 08:31:40 AM
 
i*ve never seen a fledgling Hummingbird, that i know of.
This might be one?
Or is this a female?
 
june 1 2014 14:56 - female Rufous Hummingbird
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14359685525/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14359685525/in/photostream/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on June 06, 2014, 04:50:44 PM
Wren wrote:
Quote
At first I thought this little one was a Townsend's Warbler, but she is not. She is a female Black-throated Grey Warbler. Her calls were similar to a Townsend's. I had never seen one of those before.

The males have a black throat; the females, just a band across the upper breast.


May 11, 5:22 pm
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TY Wren I seen one of these birds for the first time the other day & couldn't figure out who she was for sure, now I know.  :ecsmile

Great photos Wren & Booni.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on June 06, 2014, 09:21:43 PM
Love the bird photos, thank you both, wren and booni!

Wren,  I have chipping sparrows at the feeder here the past 2 years. Last year there were babies around, too, but I have not seen any yet this year.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 06, 2014, 09:30:17 PM
Thanks, Nancy and Passerine!

My visiting Chipping Sparrows haven't taken any interest in my feeder these two years when I've been noticing them, but it may have to do with the very basic menu choices (black sunflower or suet, no daily special or wine pairings). They were interested in picking through the freshly-mown grass, in the garden and on the side of the road. They're gone now, but it was nice to catch a sight of them for a few days.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on June 07, 2014, 06:43:31 AM
Nancy, bet the Chipping Sparrows babies were adorable. I had a Chipping Sparrow for a few days was hoping he'd stay, nope.

Quite a few baby birds happening now, so much fun to watch.  :ecsmile

ETA did my morning walk about & Chipping was here.  :biggrin3 Maybe he will stay & nest.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2014, 08:46:27 AM
 
i spied this sweetie-pie fledgling Robin preening in the sun on my mulch pile!

june 2 2014 08:53 - fledgling American Robin

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14173247009/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14173247009/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2014, 08:49:02 AM
 
june 2 2014 08:53 - fledgling American Robin preening & stretching


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWblLfrk3-c
 

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2014, 08:51:43 AM
 
june 2 2014 08:49 - Fledgling Robin following parent around to be fed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34sngID937U
 

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2014, 08:59:27 AM
 
i believe this song is the Black-Headed Grosbeak.
They sound a bit like a Robin, but not quite.
i never did spot them, but you sure can hear them!

june 1 2014 15:04 - Black-Headed Grosbeak or Purple Finch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a21Xe01jKtI


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on June 08, 2014, 04:23:21 PM
 :heart Thank you for sharing booni  what wonderful vies and sounds

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 10, 2014, 11:44:22 PM
I'm still back in May...
On May 16, I walked into my living room to the sound of loud chirps. A Chipping Sparrow had flown in through the open door and couldn't find the way out!

I gently caught this one in the corner of a window... Transferred him or her to one hand, quickly grabbed my camera in the other, and took two photos as I was letting go.

May 16, 10:43 am
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Here that tiny little bird is already on the way out... Goodbye little Sparrow!

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 15, 2014, 06:58:13 PM
 
The male Towhees were always right there to finish up Dooki & Chester*s leftovers.
i wondered why they weren*t cleaning up Otto*s?
Well they were!
i just hadn*t caught them at it.
Could this guy stuff any MORE in his beak do you think?
 
june 3 2014 17:47 - male Towhee gathering leftovers
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNzOphCsNRw
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: violet312s on June 15, 2014, 07:02:59 PM
That is so awesome!  What were the leftovers? Got confused by whatever was painted.  Towhee one of our favourite birds :)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on June 15, 2014, 07:14:13 PM
 :eclol What a riot!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: PamNY on June 15, 2014, 07:18:20 PM
That's one lucky towhee. Great video.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on June 16, 2014, 05:34:22 AM
They are just so busy!  Sweet video..thanx.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 16, 2014, 07:34:33 AM
 
Violet, i feed my dog frozen raw ground local chicken, so those are pieces of the chicken.
They also seem to like the kibble!
What looks painted is actually a Mexican wool blanket i have lying on the ground where i feed Otto.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2014, 08:56:10 AM
 
Otto & i were walking through the woods when i heard a Bird call i had never heard before.
When i looked towards the sound, i spotted a flash of orange & knew this would be something interesting.
A Varied Thrush!
Is this perhaps a youngster?
Their feathering is sort of disheveled, like one who*s feathers are just growing in.
Perhaps they have the rubbery gape of a fledgling, too?
They were picking at the thing on the black bar at their throat.
It is hard to tell if this is a Tick or maybe a bit of sappy thing from a Tree.
 
june 10 2014 16:29 - Varied Thrush
 
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The light is low, so so are my depth of field & shutter speed.
Even the movement of the head is blurred.
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2014, 09:02:18 AM
 
Watch the throat move & listen for the call they are making.
i believe a Winter Wren is alarming at me too?
 
june 10 2014 16:30 - Varied Thrush
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1nWyS70WvA
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2014, 07:52:28 AM
 
On this same hike, i tried photographing this lovely Wildflower.
Problem with the woods is low light, so shutter speed & depth of field are low.
This shows the plant pretty well though, with it*s lovely Flowers.
 
june 10 2014 16:53 - Foamflower-Tiarella trifoliata
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14459009015/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14459009015/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2014, 12:03:58 PM
June 4...

Mr. Northern Flicker is still visiting my feeder every day. He demolishes a suet cake in about a week, carving out big square gaps into it.
He waits for a while in the fir trees nearby, checking that the coast is clear. In nice weather I pretty much live on my outside deck and in my garden, so if I'm careful I can get some decent pictures of him.

June 4, 9:41 am
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Another visit the same day, 10:24 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on June 20, 2014, 12:06:59 PM
wow, Wren, that last photo could be a painting - wonderful!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2014, 04:00:12 PM
There are now two pairs of Purple Finches visiting my feeder. Sometimes the two males do a little sparring in mid-air but it's mostly just for show: there is no contact. It seems to keep them sorted out.

Meanwhile the females monopolize the feeder and make the males wait. One of the guys might timidly make his move while her head is turned, but she'll just jab her beak in his direction and off he goes until she's had her fill.

Purple Finch male, June 4, 9:39 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2014, 06:43:58 PM
June 4 again. All of a sudden, my yard was full of fledglings. The robins first, then this lovely guy, who I'm pretty sure is a little Towhee. He has the spots on the outer tail feathers, and the size and beak shape are about right.

It was Booni who taught me that you can recognize fledglings by their fleshy, colourful gapes. Now I know what she meant.

June 4, 9:39 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2014, 07:40:08 PM
A whole little tribe of Chickadees sit on low branches, with their wings half open and vibrating. More fledglings! And look at the beak!
June 4, 1;30 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2014, 07:50:44 PM
There are also some baby Nuthatches that are behaving like the chickadees, vibrating their wings and begging, but I wasn't able to catch them in a photo.

Here's one of the parents, however...

Red-breasted Nuthatch, June 6, 10:25 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2014, 08:58:10 PM
More fledgling chickadees...

We can see the wing position in this one...
June 6, 3:10
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... And we can see the beak position in these ones.  :mhihi
3:12
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 21, 2014, 10:48:02 PM
Meanwhile my resident House Wren is still singing on his wire, and is now taking great interest in a cavity in the nearby telephone pole...

June 7, 12:21
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The hole looks as if it has been dug by woodpeckers. I have see Pileated Woodpeckers on that pole in the past. You can see the percussion marks all around the hole.

This little guy looks like maybe he's nesting there! Once in a while I see him briefly cling to the entrance, but by the time I get my camera focused he's back on his wire.

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I got kind of worried because I read on the Cornell site that House Wrens will kick other wrens out of their nests and are endangering Bewick's Wrens in some places.

The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior clarifies the situation (pp 443-444):
"A number of wrens -- including the Cactus, House, Marsh, Sedge and Bewick's Wrens -- regularly destroy the eggs of members of their own and other species. In cavity nesters such as the House and Bewick's Wrens, egg destruckion probably results from competition for limited nesting sites. (...)
"No species of North American wren is considered threatened or endangered. However, the "Appalachian" Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii altus) is of great concern for conservationists. This subspecies has declined severely, possibly due to the expansion of House Wren populations as a result of changing habitats. This has apparently brought the two species in conflict, to the detriment of Bewick's Wren. The provision of nest boxes does not work as a management strategy since it only provides more territory for the two species to fight over. House and Bewicks' Wrens do not seem to compete strongly in the far western part of their range, where Bewick's Wren populations are more stable."

Ok, Little Wren, I can watch you without worrying too much.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on June 21, 2014, 11:27:52 PM
beautiful photos of the little wren we saw fleetingly on our visit ♥
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2014, 10:04:42 AM
 
Here is a youngster Towhee.
i haven*t figured out yet if this would be a fledgling of this year or one from last year.
They still have brown eyes & feathering, not the orange of the adults.
This one is already self-feeding.
i just know i have tons of these Birds nesting around here.

june 12 2014 13:52 - juvenile Spotted Towhee
 
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june 12 2014 14:01 - Purple Finch pair
 
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june 12 2014 16:02 - male Northern Flicker
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14294706488/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14294706488/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2014, 10:13:30 AM
 
june 12 2014 16:02 - male Northern Flicker
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZnLjgIYQhE
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 23, 2014, 05:31:48 PM
June 8.
I'm coming back from a little eagle watching expedition with some of the HIP Trippers, and just as I get out of the car I see my neighbour the House Wren going into the nest with an insect in his beak!

I still can't catch him flying in, but here he is coming out!
June 8, 3:32 pm

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Two minutes later, in he goes again with another delivery. And comes out with something, most probably a fecal sac.
I know it's the male because he sings really loud while sitting on the wire, often with his beak full, before entering the nest. She goes out to forage too but her voice is much softer; she makes gentle buzzing sounds.
3:34
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on June 23, 2014, 05:38:55 PM
Neat Winterwren!! What a fun find :-)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 23, 2014, 06:13:00 PM
The next day, I went for another walk early in the morning with Deb and Idahowa. We were headed toward Nest #3 territory, but we stopped on the way up Ford Cove Hill to see if we could hear the Olsen Farm eaglets.

We didn't see anything of the eagles, but near us there were strange little sounds and Deb soon spotted these little guys, almost perfectly camouflaged in the lichen on a huge oak tree.

June 9, 8:15 am
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They were calling and an adult Brown Creeper was hunting nearby. So they must be Brown Creeper fledglings, still all fuzzy and clumsy, calling to be fed!
8:18
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One of the babies flew to the adult and got fed something... The adult was too quick for me to catch any good pictures but there are some I took last summer, here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1245.msg135419#msg135419)

There is just one baby remaining on that same spot on the oak branch. Can you find him?
8:19 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 24, 2014, 09:56:36 PM
June 10.
I thought the Chipping Sparrows only passed through in May. But not only are they still here, they're nesting! Otherwise this fine fellow wouldn't be sitting on the phone wire with three or four caterpillars in his beak.

June 10, 7:20 pm
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He sat there for 6 minutes and then headed into the row of firs on the edge of my land! Then in a few seconds he came out and landed on another wire.
7:27
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I crawled under the canopy of the firs. It's like a tent, green boughs on the outside but hollow with bare branches inside. And I saw who he had delivered the food to. There was another Chipping Sparrow sitting there!
I had time for a whole long series of pictures, looking for gaps in the branches so I could get decent focus.
7:34
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This is a fluffier, slightly paler version of the one who delivered the food. At first I thought a fledgling, but those have a streaky breast. Sibley says all the adults look the same, but BNA Online mentions that the females are paler and slightly larger. They also write that the males bring the females food gifts during courtship, just like the eagles do.

The gap in the breast feathers I first took to be the incomplete feathering of a fledgling; but if this is a breeding female, then maybe we are seeing her brood patch?


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She sat there contentedly preening for a long time while I kept looking for good angles to photograph her.
 
The gap in her feathers is obvious here.
7:36
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Nearby I found a very primitive nest, a rough cup that from below looked like a chance accumulation of twigs and needles between two branches. This does fit with the descriptions given on BNA Online. I've been watching this nest ever since and found no activity, but Chipping Sparrows build a second nest for their second brood, which could be what is going on now. Or maybe this is not their nest at all.
7:50 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on June 24, 2014, 10:09:33 PM
What a cool find
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on June 25, 2014, 12:41:05 AM
Wow Wren   I love your photos and reading about your curiousity with the sparrows.   The photos of the Brown Creepers are especially fantastic. They are very hard to see,  blending so very well with the tree.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 25, 2014, 05:54:23 AM
WOW, Wren!    I love the chipping sparrows - we have them here but I have never seen fledglings. I will watch more carefully now. 

Brown Creepers are so shy. I have only seen one once. It is no wonder! Those fledglings are so well hidden;  what good eyes you have   :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 25, 2014, 12:26:50 PM
Thanks Cali, Faerie and Linus!

In the case of the Brown Creepers, though, I think the best eye was Gmadeb's. She's the one who spotted them first if memory serves.
 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2014, 08:01:48 AM
 
The GasBar Barn Swallows are nesting again!
The gas attendant says they have never left, but i would think they*d leave for the winter?
Perhaps they have more than one clutch of eggs, too, which would be fantastic.
 
june 13 2014 12:58 - Barn Swallow nesting
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2014, 08:11:53 AM
 
Passed by this lovely plant on one of our hikes.
i hope i get to see it flowering, too!
 
june 13 2014 10:52 - Chimaphila umbellata - Umbellate Wintergreen - Pipsissewa - Princes pine
 
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Here*s the lovely Western Coralroot again, this time the flowers are opening, showing us their lovely spots.
The texture of this plant is weird, more like a mushroom.
This is a type of Orchid!

june 13 2014 11:07 - Western Coralroot - Corallorrhiza maculata
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14482790606/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14482790606/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2014, 08:46:27 AM
 
i was at my mailbox when i heard interesting calls.
They drew me to this beautiful Bird.
i was thinking this must be a fledgling, because of the mottled feathering, but perhaps this is an adult in the middle of a molt?
Look how different their feet are, & how they clutch the branch, compared to the Passerines/perching Birds!

june 13 2014 16:45 - Red-Breasted Sapsucker

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2014, 09:24:13 AM
 
Too bad the leaves are in the way, but still you get the idea of what it is like for the adults, having the young begging them for food!
i hear this sound all day in my yard, but this is the best catch of it in video so far.
The motions of the young one are so endearing!

june 14 2014 11:50 - fledgling Purple Finch begging from Mother

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XalMUm54vbs
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on June 26, 2014, 11:20:44 AM
Booni    thanks for the photos of these lovely plants and their names. Are all of them native?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 26, 2014, 02:02:56 PM
Here's one of the Chipping Sparrows again, maybe the same one I saw preening in my trees, now in the oak just across the road.
June 11, 6:02 pm
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Soon after, I catch my little House Wren carrying a bug to his nest!
As usual, he sits on his wire, singing loud without losing his prey unlike La Fontaine's raven, and I stand there with my camera trained onto the nest entrance until my arms are tired, and then he goes in. Must definitely set up a tripod to watch him!
Well, in any case this tells me that he now has a family to feed.
6:08 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2014, 08:42:59 PM

linused, yes, i believe those are all native plants.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 26, 2014, 11:05:57 PM
June 13, 6:27 pm.
At long last, I catch the House Wren going into his nest with food!
Both parents leave the nest to go hunting now.
I can tell her apart from him because her calls are softer, just soft little trrrrr sounds, and she hides in the cedar tree instead of perching in plain sight on the wire.

So that's him going in...

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The cavity is deep enough to hide him and however many little wrenlets are in the nest.

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In a few seconds he is out again...

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"Mission accomplished! Now maybe I'll sing something..."

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 27, 2014, 07:21:05 PM

wren, might you be able to get video of him singing?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on June 27, 2014, 07:50:43 PM
Good idea, Booni, I'll try that next week.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2014, 08:25:00 AM
 
i was photographing Scootch in the Nest when i spotted this Robin on the road!
i thought something must be wrong, but noooo....
 
june 20 2014 13:21 - Robin having a bath & a good scratch & yawn in a road pothole
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pW0bqsRR54
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2014, 08:31:58 AM
 
Hummingbirds are so bold when they are defending *their* feeders!
i watched one chasing off the Chickadees!
Usually i photograph them through my windows & fish netting, but this day i tried standing outside right next to the feeder with my camera & i just stood very still.
i was rewarded with some nice closeups of the Hummingbirds in their perch branches.
 
june 20 2014 14:46 - female Rufous Hummingbird
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14347985757/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14347985757/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2014, 09:41:49 AM
 
june 20 2014 14:46:59 - female Rufous Hummingbird
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14348496279/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14348496279/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2014, 09:46:28 AM
 
i stood still enough that the Birds came back to the Bird feeder.
The Chickadees are always quite cheeky & bold, even when you are close to them.
There were fledglings in the mix!
 
june 20 2014 14:54 - fledgling Chickadee
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14555414933/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14555414933/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2014, 09:49:33 AM
 
Here is one of the Chickadee fledglings begging from the bedraggled parent that we see battling the Finches for a spot at the feeder at the end of the video.
 
june 20 2014 1454   Chickadee fledgling & parent
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwRB68gfk4g
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2014, 08:07:10 AM
 
june 20 2014 14:56 - female Rufous Hummingbird
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14547583931/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14547583931/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2014, 08:40:33 AM
 
june 20 2014 14:59 - female Rufous Hummingbird
 
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She is perched very close to & defending HER feeder!
Look at her body posture.
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14364668699/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14364668699/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2014, 09:11:03 AM
 
june 20 2014 14:56 - female Rufous Hummingbird
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NaWffiS9Tg
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 02, 2014, 07:42:26 PM
:heart
It's as if she has a helmet and cape of minuscule peacock feathers.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 02, 2014, 08:03:11 PM
Here's my little House Wren again, on June 21.

I'm pretty sure the wrenlets have fledged. There are a lot of soft rasping sounds in a clump of firs just west of the nest, and His Highness often flies there, at which times the sounds get louder. So I think he's helping feed the fledglings. But he also still spends time singing on the wire by the nest.

June 21, 4:10 pm
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So I get my tripod set up again and watch the nest cavity, just to see why he's still so close to it.
So off he goes... And comes back... But not to the nest hole!
He goes to the other woodpecker hole, higher up the same post!

I miss him, but reset my tripod, and meanwhile off he goes, lands somewhere in my driveway and comes back.

He's got a stick!
He's building another nest!
4:16:55
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He turns the stick to fit it through the entrance...
4:16:56 
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He's inside for a few seconds, placing the stick just so, I suppose, then out he comes and flies off again.
4:17:06
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 02, 2014, 08:28:10 PM
Mr. House Wren has flown off again, and in about 15 seconds he comes back with another stick!

But what a stick.
This is an ambitious little Wren.

June 21, 4:17:21
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Hmmm... Interesting problem.
4:17:22
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4:17:22
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Let's see...
4:17:24
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This way?
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Aha.
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4:17:28
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Done!
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Nothing to it. Now shall I sing you something?
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on July 02, 2014, 09:19:04 PM
Nice abode! ty winterwren!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on July 03, 2014, 02:10:23 PM
such fun - thank you ((wrennie))!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: passerine on July 04, 2014, 10:08:41 PM
Enjoying the Wren story & photos Wrennie. How very nice of them to nest close to you, such fun. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on July 05, 2014, 08:24:57 AM
Thank you Wren!
:hearts
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 05, 2014, 08:28:27 PM
So adorable, but wow, what determination...just like our Mom and Dad!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2014, 08:43:42 AM
 
The Indian Pipe are starting to pop up in the woods!
i LOVE these plants!
They are so eerie & ethereal & ghostlike.
They have no chlorophyll, so look more like Mushrooms..
 
june 29 2014 12:48 - Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora - corpse plant
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 08, 2014, 10:40:41 PM
My best guess is that this is a Hairy Woodpecker fledgling. There were two or three making unusual calls and crowding all together in the alders at the bottom of my garden. I took these two photos a few hours later and by then they were perching individually and hesitantly pecking at this and that.

June 25, 3:55 pm
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A few days ago, while walking on a forest trail (looking for the elusive Nest #3 again) I again saw some of that group behaviour; that time the visibility was better and it was clearer that there was one adult with three young ones all wanting to be fed. So that made me a little more confident about how I interpreted what I saw in my yard.

I also had seen my regular visitor, the Northern Flicker, with two of his brand-new fledglings, the same day!
(Cali will remember this, because we were chatting when I spotted them out my window, and I ran out after typing a cryptic message. Turns out she's done that many a time herself, so she knew exactly what was going on.  :heart)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2014, 09:20:43 AM
 
The continuation of the story of the Hornby Gasbar Barn Swallow Nest.
i was gassing up on this rainy day & i noticed the adult perched on the beam next to the Nest & then there were little heads popping up from the Nest!
 
july 4 2014 13:37 - Barn Swallow Nest at the Gasbar
 
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Here is one of the adults, perched just to the left of the Nest on the beam.
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: BBE on July 15, 2014, 10:20:44 AM
I do love reading this topic. Seeing and learning more about 'all things Hornby'.

Hummingbirds are one of my favourite 'spring/summer' birds to watch. The wrenlets looked very cosy in their home and growing up quickly.  And a Barn Swallow too.  I have never seen 'Indian Pipes' - attractive and different indeed.

Many thanks ladies.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2014, 09:39:04 PM
 
i ain*t no lady!

This is a video i got of the Barn Swallows.
You can see the adult*s brood/incubation patch as she preens.
Looks like maybe four youngsters in there?
i was at the Nest today & it is empty.
Wonder if they fledged successfully?
Wonder if they will have another clutch this summer?
 
july 4 2014 13:40 - Hornby Gasbar Barn Swallow Nest
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGFInF4oeI
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on July 15, 2014, 10:18:16 PM
Sweet Swallows  :heart    so cute the way those open beaks keep popping up and down. The Indian Pipes are gorgeous,,  the ones around my place are kinda sad this year due to the heat and dryness. I was surprised to find any actually,
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 17, 2014, 09:51:17 AM

Yesterday i was sitting here at my computer when a Finch landed on the fish netting on my open window!
i have all my windows covered on the outside with fish netting to stop Bird strikes & this works really well.
But sometime Birds like to perch on the netting, the Rufous Hummers do, also the Chickadees, which is kind of sweet.
But i was watching this Finch, & something seemed off.
i put my glasses on, & thought i saw an eye looking at me, so i was afraid to move & scare her away.
But finally i did, & when i got closer, i realized she could hear me but wasn*t seeing me, because both eyes were sealed shut!
Another Finch with conjunctivitis!
So i knew i had to capture her.
She couldn*t see me, so this should be easy, but i was shaking!
i didn*t want to blow it & cause her to fly away & suffer more stress.
Half of her was on one side of the netting, the other side was facing me, so how to get her when she was partly in the netting!
i got my small cardboard box ready, & lined it with a small cloth.
i was able to grab her & bring her inside but she escaped as i put her into the box!
Fortunately she was inside the house & landed on the windowsill, poor thing.
So i was able to capture her again & get her into the box.
i called MARS & told her i*d be sending her their way.
We went down to the ferry lineup & i asked the first person i saw if she would take the box & meet MARS at Buckley Bay.
She said *Where is Buckley Bay?*, ha ha ha ha.
Anyway, we got that figured out.
Fortunately she had a cellphone so we called MARS & got Maj!
They arranged to meet at the parking lot of the Buckley Bay store & gasbar.
The woman was extremely grateful that we were helping this poor Bird.
& i was grateful to her for accepting to transfer her!
We waited til the ferry was loading & saw the box with the Finch go into the back of the car.
Good luck beautiful Finch!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on July 17, 2014, 12:00:10 PM
another wonderful HEART ♥ rescue - thank you!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on July 18, 2014, 01:54:19 AM
Yes I remember wren! Great rescues booni and wren! (((You are all HEART)))
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boodle317 on July 18, 2014, 04:58:18 AM
great story booni...poor wee finch not being able to see with eyes closed!  Thanks again for all you do.

Also...great to mention these peeps that are just taking a ferry ride and end up being honorary HEART members!  whoo hoo!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 18, 2014, 07:34:49 AM
So Sweet -(I know where Buckley Bay is now! HaHaHaHa!)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 20, 2014, 07:13:24 PM
 
These sweeties are just under a roof overhang, in a gap between pieces of siding next to our Library.
 
july 5 2014 11:54 - Violet-Green Swallow nestlings
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 20, 2014, 07:20:19 PM
 
july 5 11:59 2014 - Violet-Green Swallow nestlings getting fed
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf7-nL7LEaM
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 20, 2014, 07:27:18 PM
 
july 5 12:01 2014 - Violet-Green Swallow nestlings getting fed
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzaLTXtyLR8

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: birdvoyer on July 20, 2014, 08:29:02 PM
How lucky that the poor little finch landed on your netting!  Sure hope we hear that s/he has been returned to you, all better and released back to her community.  Please let us know boonib.

Those little Swallows really do have the sweetest faces! Thanks for posting the videos!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2014, 08:22:06 AM

birdy, i heard from MARS yesterday that the female Finch has done really well & will be ready for release soon.
MARS is busy busy, so not sure i*ll be able to get her back here for release, she may be released from MARS.
We*re working on transporting her here, so we*ll see how that works out.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 25, 2014, 11:38:30 PM
I've been wanting to post about these beautiful little jellyfish ever since the HIP trip.

On our little trip with the Voyageur canoe, we saw a wonderful bloom of small transparent jellies. They were all around us. Deb posted a photo of one of them here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1469.msg153658#msg153658)

I learned recently that the ones with the radiating stripes, like the one Deb posted a photo of,  are actually not true jellies; they are the medusa stage (i.e, the free-swimming stage) of a hydroid. Hydroids, as far as I can wrap my head around the completely foreign idea of them, are simple animals that look more plant-like than animal-like. They are distantly related to corals and to sea anemones. Several species form colonies. These hydroid medusas are about 4 inches across, and I find it hard to relate them to any of the tiny hydroids in my field guide. Nobody seems to specify which kind of hydroid these medusas come from.
The jellies without radiating stripes are Moon Jellies, a true jellyfish.
So in this picture, taken at dawn from a boat, most of the critters are actually hydroid medusas. There may be a tiny Moon Jelly, which is a true jellyfish, down on the left side of the green seaweed stem. It has markings like four petals of a flower. The two kinds of animal often float together.
June 13, 5:45 am
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The little Moon Jelly, with its markings laid out like a cross, is more visible on the left side of this photo. The Moon Jellies are often as large as the hydroid medusas.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on July 26, 2014, 09:18:38 AM
Quote
They are distantly related to corals and to sea anemones. Several species form colonies. These hydroid medusas are about 4 inches across, and I find it hard to relate them to any of the tiny hydroids in my field guide. Nobody seems to specify which kind of hydroid these medusas come from.

Interesting that you saw so many medusae all together, wren - thanks for the pictures.  I only ever see masses of the polyp forms (because they are attached and stay in one place!).

These medusae are the reproductive phase of the polyp form (the ones that look like branched "plants.")  Most of those colonial forms have this alternation between the polyp form and the medusa form.

(http://www.eplantscience.com/index/general_zoology/images/images27/fig009.jpg)

The hydroids are in the same phylum as the true jellyfish, as well as corals and sea anemones. They all got lumped together because they all have stinging cells.  Here is one place to learn more, if you are interested:  http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cnidaria/cnidaria.html (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cnidaria/cnidaria.html)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: OpieK on July 26, 2014, 01:36:58 PM
Fascinating, thank you, Wren and Nancy.  I loved seeing them floating on our canoe adventure!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: linused on July 26, 2014, 04:07:46 PM
So much to learn,  I love this place,  thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 26, 2014, 11:28:50 PM
Nancy, thank you so much for your posting. I was hoping you would feel moved to comment.

Early each summer we get massive blooms of little Moon Jellies, with many of those hydroid medusae mixed in.

Here's what puzzles me: I've never seen a hydroid in its polyp form yet, but when I look at the field guides most of the individual polyps seem so tiny compared to those medusae, which are about 10 cm across. Do these particular medusae come from really big hydroids, or do the tiny polyps have a sudden attack of gigantism as they bud out into their medusa phase, or what?  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: NancyM on July 27, 2014, 06:25:13 AM
wren, we would have to know the species that your medusae belong to in order to compare the size of medusae with the size of the polyps - but in general, the polyps on the colonial forms are small (and 10 cm does seem large for a medusa).  There are some species that are intertidal, but many are subtidal and that might be why you have not seen the polyp form. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2014, 11:06:29 PM
Nancy, I think that the main reason why I have not yet seen a hydroid in polyp form was that I was not paying attention.  :eclol

Until very recently I mostly knew about the intertidal critters that are edible. Lately one of my Elders has been giving me books to read about marine invertebrates, so now my eyes are opening to yet another whole universe of amazing living things. I am enthralled, and I am grateful that this wonderful person is taking the time to help me.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2014, 11:19:28 PM
Meanwhile, in my yard...
A mystery finch is visiting my feeder. He or she looks fluffy and unfinished, like a fledgling, but is darker than the Purple Finch fledglings I had seen so far, who look like a fluffier version of their mothers.

Here he is next to a female Purple Finch. Who is not paying attention to him.

July 4, 2:31 pm
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2:33
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He's been grabbing the crumbs from below the suet feeder.

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Addendum, 10 months later... I eventually found the identity of that mystery bird. He is a fledgling Cowbird, probably raised in the nest of one of my resident Purple Finches.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2014, 11:39:32 PM
I think that's still the same bird, or another one like him, 3 days later.

Complaining loudly; but nobody is feeding him. He is feeding himself sunflower seeds and suet crumbs. He doesn't hang on the suet like the grownup finches do.
Nice tongue!
July 7, 1:37 pm
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1:38 pm
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Here, for comparison, is a Purple Finch fledgling, pestering his Mom, his wings half open. She just gave him a morsel of food.
July 2, 1:37 pm
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A better photo of the same Purple Finch baby, in the typical fledgling pose, wings half open and vibrating, begging for food nonstop. His head is paler and his breast is paler yet, and streaked with darker markings.
1:38
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: birdvoyer on July 30, 2014, 09:47:40 AM
birdy, i heard from MARS yesterday that the female Finch has done really well & will be ready for release soon.
MARS is busy busy, so not sure i*ll be able to get her back here for release, she may be released from MARS.
We*re working on transporting her here, so we*ll see how that works out.


Boonib, I just realized that I had read this post but had not responded with a proper thank you as I had intended.  :blush  I am so glad to hear that she is doing much better thanks to you AND MARS.  Certainly do understand that she may be released near MARS under the circumstances. Thanks again for all you do!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on July 31, 2014, 11:06:43 AM

birdv  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on August 07, 2014, 11:29:18 PM
Sometime in early July, I was chatting with Cali when I spotted a greyer version of a Northern Flicker out my window. Soon there appeared another grey bird, then an adult. I became sure that the greyish ones were fledglings when the adult brought food to one of them. I hastily typed "fledglings! brb" on the chat and bounced out the door. Cali understood perfectly, having done this sort of thing herself a few times.  :eclol

I did not succeed in getting good photos that day, but a week later my luck changed. Was this a second nest? How long do the fledglings beg for food before learning to catch their own? I do not yet know. This time I saw only one greyish, fluffy flicker.

Here he is, sitting on top of my seed feeder, complaining.
The slanted light of early morning makes for some tricky photography.
July 8, 7:47 am
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I guess the red malar stripe indicates a male.
7:48
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The parent had been on my suet feeder a few minutes before, then went to perch on a branch. Here he joins the fledgling. Look how tidy he looks in comparison.

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Now there is no doubt whatsoever that these birds are parent and fledgling. We also see the red malar stripe on the parent,  which confirms that this is the father who is feeding his son.

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No sooner has the fledgling been fed that he resumes his begging.
7:49
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on August 30, 2014, 07:18:33 PM
Here are photos of this year's gull chicks from the Gravelly Bay nest.

Last year's photos were from July 9, and at that time the little ones were in tawny natal down and were still tiny. You can see the photos and my rationale for identifying the mother as a hybrid Glaucous-winged X Western Gull here. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30093534@N02/7642161806/in/set-72157633086292828/)

Were they born later this year, or does it take nearly a month for them to grow from tiny chicks to gawky teenagers? They are big birds, after all.
First I just saw one.
Gravelly Bay, August 3, 2:32
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They're so goofy-looking at that age. They have lost their natal down but their head is still spotted, and they have some true feathers on their wings. Their feet are full grown. They look like three kinds of birds patched together. They are absolutely lovely.  :eclove

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on August 30, 2014, 08:14:59 PM
An hour later I had another peek, and saw the second chick!
Gravelly Bay, August 3, 3:16
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The chicks from this nest rarely make it to that age before becoming a predator's lunch. They seem to be doing well this year, approaching adult size. I saw them again a week later and they were both still hanging in there.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on August 30, 2014, 08:43:49 PM
darling ♥
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Rajame on August 30, 2014, 10:45:46 PM
They look so fuzzy!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 31, 2014, 06:57:24 AM
Polka Dotted Fluff Balls!  Thanks Wren!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on August 31, 2014, 09:50:11 AM

How lovely to see these wren!
Thank you for showing us.
Who predates the youngsters?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: winterwren on August 31, 2014, 12:15:32 PM
I've seen altercations between those gulls and eagles - both the locals and some visitors. I suspect that this is who is taking the chicks most years, but I've never witnessed it directly. That threat is gone for now, but I suppose the gull chicks are full grown anyway. Ravens and crows are a threat to most nesting seabirds also.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on September 28, 2015, 08:45:05 AM
 
july 15 2014 14:03 - Daisies



(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5716/21531802799_0f875f5013_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5716/21531802799_5870ab4390_o.jpg)



link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on September 28, 2015, 08:51:21 AM
 
i was really happy to have sightings of these beautiful Birds in my yard!

july 17 2014 16:01 - female Black-headed Grosbeak

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/765/21692872866_89773d998f_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/765/21692872866_8a6bb79f5d_o.jpg)

july 18 2014 18:12 - juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5742/21096220354_dc4a8879af_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5742/21096220354_1b52857b15_o.jpg)

july 18 2014 14:21 - Black-headed Grosbeaks, Purple Finch & Spotted Towhee on the feeder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3OcM5jMBpg

& this guy i managed to catch singing!
Watch his throat moving, & turn up the volume to catch his song.

may 24 2014 15:06 - male Black-headed Grosbeak singing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbaJo521tO4



link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: Cawatcher on September 28, 2015, 09:00:31 AM
beautiful and so close!!  :heart !
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on October 13, 2015, 09:43:16 AM
 
i see this in the grass of the ditch beside the road a LOT, & always wondered what was going on.
i figured this was an egg mass getting fertilized?
But, it turns out that Slugs have both female and male reproductive organs.
This is called hermaphroditism. (thank you Nancy!)
So, these are their male organs, intertwining.
This comes out of the side of their heads!
Who knew!
 
july 24 2014 08:30 - Slugs mating
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5833/21924723668_748fa0e4d0_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5833/21924723668_afb84e402a_o.jpg)

& here is an excellent video on the topic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG9qpZ89qzc

 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on November 12, 2015, 10:07:48 AM
 
Lovely Birds in my garden near the Bird feeder!

may 25 2014 17:06 - female or juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5822/22549175298_7216f8092f_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5822/22549175298_f7aea83223_o.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/708/22978616121_6510fe9a19_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/708/22978616121_ebc14bdfe9_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5817/22978615061_a2b9d3a36d_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5817/22978615061_7280a0a214_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5651/22954068242_397f3c9852_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5651/22954068242_d32691b846_o.jpg)

may 25 2014 17:14 - male Purple Finch

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5648/22967525775_7f6598d3fe_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5648/22967525775_d63bb75ece_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: boonibarb on November 12, 2015, 10:11:09 AM
 
may 25 2014 17:19 - female or juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5656/22549217128_906099e014_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5656/22549217128_57bc537537_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5658/22549215328_6e64841365_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5658/22549215328_bc2324ca19_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5778/22549159277_66842826ca_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5778/22549159277_13a1219dab_o.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/636/22344781314_ca0b6f083c_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/636/22344781314_9a840174f8_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5671/22575358489_e1f28b7ee0_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5671/22575358489_a4e4f6d23a_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
Post by: jeavverhey on November 13, 2015, 09:34:00 PM
Sweet little bird and great shots Booni