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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #120 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



april 29 2014 14:36 - female Pileated Woodpecker



april 29 2014 14:37 - male Pileated Woodpecker



april 29 2014 14:40 - female Pileated Woodpecker



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


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #121 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.
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #122 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



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.





Fabulous!



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #123 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


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #124 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!



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #125 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.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #126 on: May 15, 2014, 10:38:56 AM »
 
april 29 2014 16:07 - Band-Tailed Pigeon



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #127 on: May 17, 2014, 08:08:43 PM »
 
may 15 2014 18:21 - Song Sparrow
 
 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #128 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.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #129 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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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #130 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."

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #131 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



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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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #132 on: May 21, 2014, 08:14:19 PM »
Following this post 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.
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #133 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.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014
« Reply #134 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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