Sunday, November 26, 2006

The yard birds

When we awoke this morning one thing was for sure? We are staying in! So, time for some backyard birding!
Actually, it was lots of fun and so nice to see the birds up close. They certainly enjoyed the cover of the trees and lots of food. It was amazing to see Pine Siskin so close, as you can see.

Cooper Place, Parksville, BC.
Canada Goose 10
Killdeer 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Northern Flicker 2
American Robin23
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Steller's Jay 6
Northwestern Crow 40
European Starling 15
Purple Finch 1
House Finch 20
Pine Siskin 60
Spotted Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 3
White-crowned Sparrow 8
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 15
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Brewer's Blackbird 20
Species seen - 20

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Tropical Kingbird

A phone call from Guy Monty woke us from our data entry on this wet and cold afternoon. “Wanna chase a bird?” were the words spoken. My silence prompted Guy’s next words; “Tropical Kingbird”. Within twenty minutes Guy, Lori, Nolan and myself were driving towards Fairwinds Golf Course in Nanoose. On a residential street, just short of the clubhouse we stopped! Above us, on a wire sat a Tropical Kingbird eating a dragonfly. The bird moved around a few times and though the weather wasn’t great we all got good looks. Mike Yip had found this bird whilst out golfing…. Who said, 'Golf, the best way to ruin a good walk'? Winston Churchill, I think!