Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Creeper sort of day

Slowly things are returning to normal.  Thanks to the warmer weather and rain, the depth of snow is gradually receding. The weather combination also created a lot of fog or mist today.

this was the scene at the boat launch this morning...but the amazing thing about this morning

were the number of Brown Creepers!  They were everywhere.

kind of hard to get pictures of fast moving little birds in the weather conditions.  Besides the creepers, there were Chickadee's both Black Capped and Chestnut-backed and...

even a Pacific Wren.

We made it as far as the first bay but the path, which is hazardous enough in ideal conditions, wasn't passable.

After lunch we made an attempt at walking at Harrison Bay....

Conditions weren't any better and then it started to rain, so the walk was cut short.

Misty snowy scene.

even so there were little birds in the bushes....Towhee, Song Sparrow, Junco, House Sparrow as well as Black Capped Chickadees and more of those Brown Creeper.

This was taken yesterday.....just a few of the many Anna's Hummingbirds hanging about in our complex this winter.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Winter weather

Thought I'd show the reason why I haven't been doing any postings for the last little while...

We have winter.  Today was the first day we managed to walk down to the estuary.

that would be the path over to the park.....didn't attempt it today as my little dog was turning into a snowball.  Not only do we have snow, but the temperatures have been way below freezing the entire time.

We apparently have another 24 hours of extreme winter weather before hopefully, we will be able to return to more normal weather and able to get out for walks again.

Anna's Hummingbirds are still active and depending on feeders, which we are having to swap out ever 30 minutes or so due to the cold.  While we have had a yard full of Jays, Song Sparrows, Towhee, Varied Thrush, Flicker, a few Starling, Doves etc. etc. etc.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

4 days into the new year

4 days into the new year and decade and I've been hard put to find anything to post!  The weather has been a bit of everything, mainly cloudy, often wet, a glimpse of sun, some hail and wind....

This is the scene at the boat launch right now.

and this was the log bay this can see the water levels have come up a bit - not surprising with all the rain we had on New Year's Day.

This is one of the Bald Eagles that were there.  There was also a Kingfisher but not much else.

We've attempted several walks over at Harrison Bay, one was cut short due to rain, this one, on the 3rd was cut short when our neighbour/friend in that boat out there called to us and asked if we'd like to take a run up the river - well you can't say no to an offer like that! 

so this is the view of where we normally walk, from the river - the eagle nest is just to the right of the middle of the picture.

leaving the bay behind and heading up the river.

we are up the Harrison River, past the estuary, this area is still all part of the I.B.A. but even on the water, there wasn't a lot to see.  Some eagles and raven, a pair of loon, some mergansers and common golden-eye and a kingfisher, that was about it.

here, at this point, we've turned around and are leaving the Harrison River and the IBA, heading to the Fraser River.  In all we spent a couple of hours on the water, a real treat despite the fact it was January and getting chilly towards the end as the clouds got heavier.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

A new spot to walk

Today we walked in a new spot - the trail isn't new, not sure why we haven't walk here before because it is just down the road and the area is still part of the IBA.  It is the Chehalis Fishing Trail.

Pretty dense forest and apart from hearing one Nuthatch....didn't see any birds except...

for a surprising number of Bald Eagles.....

the area is pretty unspoiled which maybe explains why they are hanging out...

a few more here....

and quite a few further down....unfortunately the weather was deteriorating while we were there so not ideal for taking pictures.

this is the Chehalis river with varied terrain along the shore so I imagine the potential is there for seeing various birds at different times of the year. 

we will have to add this trail to our walking routine.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Day surprises

It doesn't matter how many times you walk the same path, it is never exactly the same and sometimes, something really can surprise you.

We set out on our normal walk along the dike today, 

this Bald Eagle flew down and started eating a rather disgusting looking dead fish....nothing surprising there.

a couple of Northwestern Crows flew down in hopes of getting a share....

No, it was further along that the first surprise showed up.  Look very, very closely at the above you notice anything, because I did and said 'what the heck is that!'

'that' turned out to be a Raccoon, sound asleep in this nest of branches!  Now we know that there has to be raccoon's over here, but until today, we'd never seen one over there and we'd never seen a raccoon sleeping in a tree before.

The next surprise, unfortunately we didn't get a picture of as we were too much in shock watching a Peregrine Falcon attacking a Bald Eagle!  The eagle had been flying to join it's mate that was perched in a tree when the falcon came out of nowhere and went after it.  What a gusty bird!

on the return trip, the raccoon was still asleep and this eagle pair were at their nest.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve Day

Another nice dry day....

with no other obligations that we had to get to, took the time to walk over to the park this morning.  It was pretty quiet....

although nice to see and hear Red-wing Blackbirds.  Not so long ago a flock of a hundred or more of these guys would spend the winter with us, now we are lucky to see a dozen or so.  Not sure why as I don't think their numbers have declined over all.

still a few Bald Eagles around, like this young one.

After lunch it was back to Harrison Bay...

where again, it was pretty quiet.  No duck hunters on the bay today, but they were just packing up from being in a field adjacent to the dike.  That flock of Ring-neck Ducks that has been in the area for several weeks now, is out there.

here is a bit closer look at some of them.  While in the 'duck' is a terrible picture but...

there was a flock of Canvasback Ducks way out on the bay today.  First sighting of them this winter.  Another first sighting today was a Northern Shrike, but he didn't cooperate for a picture.

while this female Northern Flicker, did cooperate.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sunshine, Siskin and 'sneaky'

Today started out with brilliant sunshine....

frost too....despite these beautiful conditions, there wasn't a bird in sight!

By the time we got for a walk over at Harrison Bay...

the sun had disappeared....and so had the birds - again - but this time there was a reason...

look closely, those aren't ducks....they are duck decoys....these were just a few of them, some fluttered and some quacked....

and here we have this sneaky, disguised boat....with more decoy's, this time Snow Geese (which we don't even get out here at Harrison bay) behind it.  Now if this was a photographer, I'd applaud their ingenuity and patience, but given the volley of gun shots we also experienced, this was not a photographer.  

One of the very few birds that were around was this....

Northern Harrier that was feeding on something down in a field....

and it has been a while since....

there have been Pine Siskin in the area, but I thought I saw a small flock the other day, and this flock was feeding in various Alder Trees today.  

here is a bit better look - this is the time of year that sometimes Redpolls are found with Siskin, but didn't appear to be any with this group.