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Offline linused

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2015, 11:10:38 AM »
Wonderful landscapes Wren,   I love the contours and textures.  Some of the images remind me of satellite images of the earth

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2015, 08:32:08 PM »
In the late afternoon I stood on the Ford Cove dock for a while. No eagles were around at that time, though I was told that at times the place is full of them.

I waited out the shy Buffleheads and after twenty minutes or so I was able to get some closer pictures than usual. The iridescent males usually hang back, but this time they were leading the flock!

The guy on the right is preening, and we see his orange legs through the water.

Ford Cove harbour, February 16, 4:17



Bufflehead smile...
4:19



They look so strange from behind...
Much of the time they swim with their tail in the water.
4:28





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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2015, 09:15:59 PM »
A couple of days later, at Phipps Point, I caught on video some male Buffleheads in mating displays!

At the very beginning of the video, two males are doing this manic head bobbing, way faster than other seabirds I've seen.

Toward the end, after a good bit of preening, they do it again, and also bow ritually at each other.

Phipps Point, February 18, 4:25 pm
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y5KenJqj8I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y5KenJqj8I</a>

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2015, 08:57:47 PM »
Ford Cove, February 25, 3:25 pm.

A Common Merganser... 




...And a Belted Kingfisher perched on a Swallow nest box.



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2015, 08:31:33 AM »

Yesterday in the blue sky over the Co-op & the territory of the Nest #24 Eagles, i saw my first Turkey Vulture of the season soaring!
They seem to disappear in the fall, heading south, once the Eagles return in october/november.
Nice to see them back again!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2015, 10:34:34 PM »
Bewick's Wren, in the Community Garden near Whaling Station Bay.
This character kept me company for the past two days. He sings just as loud as my neighbour the House Wren but he has a better sense of melody.
March 23, 2:15 pm


I must note, for the sake of professional pride, that the apple tree he is perched in is NOT one of those I have been pruning!










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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2015, 08:43:06 AM »
A darling, darling wren!  The photos are fabulous close-ups!  THank you Wren!!!!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2015, 04:21:22 AM »
Here's that Bewick's Wren again.
I've learned with House Wrens and Pacific Wrens that the guys seem to do the loud singing. This one has a wonderfully wide range. I kept spotting him right through my day of work.

Whaling Station community garden, March 23, 2:40







This is the Don't-mess-with-me pose...







Then after a while another one appeared. A richer brown, different markings on the cheeks; followed the first one at a distance, singing softly. His mate?





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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2015, 06:07:24 AM »
wrens are the most endearing little chaps - and so are the human ones :-)

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #39 on: March 30, 2015, 10:01:59 PM »
I could also hear finches all day... I still can't tell the House Finches from the Purples by sound.

They turned out to be House Finches. The males remained shyly in the brambles outside the garden, but in the afternoon one of the females paid me a visit.
March 23, 2:45 pm











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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #40 on: March 31, 2015, 09:17:37 AM »
 
First there was an Oregon Junco in this leaf spa, but before i could get my camera going, a Song Sparrow took their place & was doing the same thing!
It was nice & warm & sunny in that spot, & we*d had a hard rain earlier.

march 29 2015 12:52 - Song Sparrow having a leaf bath & preen after a hard rain
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10LH4AgOZ-4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10LH4AgOZ-4</a>
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2015, 09:20:12 PM »


How sweet is that?  Miigwetch!!
"Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within."

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2015, 10:57:15 PM »
April 5 at Helliwell Park...
No Scoters in the area today.
It turned into a passerine day instead.

Yellow-rumped Warbler...
April 5, 2:37



2:38







Best view of the cute yellow spot on his head.




I didn't know that this yellow spot was a crest that he can raise!
2:40



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #43 on: April 07, 2015, 11:11:54 PM »
Nearby, a pair of Red Crossbills is making a rare visit below the treetops.
Earlier, they were seen drinking from a puddle.
Mostly they're in hiding but I catch a few glimpses:
The male, eating upside-down... Captured in silhouette with a seed hooked on his bill.
Helliwell Park, April 5, 3:11 pm



Two more quick glimpses of the male, just enough to almost focus.
3:12



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #44 on: April 13, 2015, 09:02:08 AM »
 
This lovely Hummingbird has her Nest in a Cedar Tree right outside my friends* bedroom window!
So these are through glass.
Look at all the cool stuff her Nest is made from!
& how it just dangles from the end of the graceful Cedar branch!
 
april 3 2015 16:55 - female Rufous Hummingbird on Nest & eggs
 

 

 

 
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