Sunday, June 18, 2017

7 Flicker Family shots to follow

He  has  groceries  and  will  feed  her  soon.

Flicker Dad feeds his little girl

Miss  Flicker  gets  this  delivery  as  little  brother  was  fed  last  trip.

Miss Flicker Junior

This  one  had  more ' window '  time  than  her  little  brother.

Flicker Dad and little girl

The  little  girl  was  at  this  window  more  than  her  brother.

Flicker Junior...The boy

His  sister  seemed  a  little  larger.

Flicker Dad and Junior

This  is  the  female  chick.  Her  brother  has  two  red  patches  on  the  sides  of  his  head.

Flicker Dad

Just  fed  his  young  ones.

Yellow bellied sap sucker

This moment of good fortune  was like a gift. He was probably curious about me. My white patterned shirt may have seemed like a thick birch bark so he had to come close, and then I turned around. He didn't stay long. Only three shots. TG

Monday, June 5, 2017

Momma Flicker

She  delivered  food  and  is  about  to  leave  in  search  for  more.  No  red  on  this  one  as  that  is  the  Dad's  colour  feature.

Father Flicker

This  parent  and  his  lady  flicker  are  tending  their  young  right  here  in  the  middle  of  Courtenay.  B.C.  on  Vancouver  Island.

Mr. Martin,..Purple Martin, that is.

Down  at  Royston  Ships  Park  there  are  some  nest  boxes  put  up  years  ago  to  bring  Martin  numbers  back  up  again.   It  worked.   Numbers  are  much  better  these  days.   We humans  took  down  so  many  old  dead  tree  snags  that  they  had  a  housing  crises.   Now   with   nest  boxes  on  shoreline  pylons  form  Oregon  to  Vancouver Island,  Purple  Martin  are  doing  fine.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CrossBill...Is this my good side?

Four  different  birds  flew  into  a  tree  in  front  of  me.  I  was  not  moving  at  all  and  I  think  they  were  curious.  No  sign  of  fear  yet  the  bore  quickly  and  left  to  enjoy  a  new  sunny  spring  morning.

Not with Mate?

Not  sure  who  this  CrossBill  is  flying  with  but  I  doubt  it's  the  mate.  TG

CrossBill...Came to look me over.

This  one  and  three  others  flew  into  a  short  tree  in  front  of  me  down  at  Royston  Ships.   I  was  thrilled  of  course.   Have  not  seen  these  for  quite  some  time.

Father of Many

This  one  was  making  a  new  nest.   Saw  him  doing  that  back  in  March  at  a  different  hole.  Good  of  him  to  pose  for  me  here.   I  appreciate  that.  TG

Nesting material...Just like a bird

He  was  putting  a  nest  together  in  a  new  hole.   I  got  a  glimpse  of  this  behaviour  back  in  March  but  no  photo.  Glad  to  get  a  shot  this  time.   Did  he  have  young  back  in  March?    I  did  see  two  tiny  ones  last  week.  At  this  rate  we  will  be  over-run.  Tony

Flicker sounding on metal electrical box

This  one  was  making  a  metalic  racket  on  an  aluminium  switch  box  on  a  sports  field  light  in  Lewis  Park  Courtenay.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Black Fronted Warbler?

Delighted  to  catch  this  little  guy  at  Dyke Road  Bird  Lookout.  Never  saw  one  before.

Black Fronted Warbler....or Audubon's?

At  first  I  thought  ' Siskin'...then  checked  and  found  Warbler  to  be  a  better  fit.

Wild, yet lets one get 30' close

Could  be  a  farm  escapee.  Yes,  this  is  soft  yet  interesting  and  sort  of  graceful....Hybrid?