Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A few interesting sightings

 A couple of days of nice weather and we've managed to see a few interesting things....

not that Bald Eagles are that interesting these days....but this shot, taken this morning, just sort of sets the scene.

There were a lot of these little guys this morning....

Golden-crowned Kinglets.....we've been seeing them almost every morning lately. There were Black-capped Chickadees with them, but none of them cooperated for a photo.

there were, however, a number of Varied Thrush.

He wasn't there this morning, but most days we've seen or heard at least one Hairy Woodpecker....this male was yesterday.

Over at Harrison Bay....

it was a 'Great Blue Herons on pilings' sort of day!  With a total of 9 of them on assorted pilings in the river.  Three here....

another couple here.....

and even one here on the metal piling....

But maybe the best sighting was....

a pair of Wood Ducks!  This being the male....

and this, the female.

there were also two pair of Mallard in the same secluded spot....this being one pair.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


Finally, Sunshine!  

 it did, however come at a we did this walk, we'd been without power for over 12 hours....not that, that really bothers us....the lack of internet though did.  Fortunately it did come back a couple of house later....

things won't be repaired quite that quickly.....

at the eagle nest.  The wind sure played havoc with it, not much left!

Due to the wind, there weren't any birds visible, at least until we got to...

the log boom out on the river, where there were not one, not two, but a total of eight....

Great Blue Heron....3 in this picture...

on our return, the Bald Eagle pair were busy surveying the damage at the nest.  I guess the good news is that there are lots of sticks laying around which should speed up the rebuilding process.

Earlier in the morning, we had walked over to the park and the only birds visible were...

some Golden-crowned Kinglets. These little guys are so active and usually deep in the bushes, so was thrilled to actually get a decent shot!

Sunshine forecast for tomorrow too....cross fingers!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Quiet, calm and gloomy start to the year

 Here we are, getting close to 2 weeks into the new year, and there just hasn't been much of anything to report.

this has pretty much been the scene....on days that it isn't absolutely pouring, it stays kind of grey and gloomy, but at least we are able to get out.

this pair of Mallard co-operated one morning and there have been a lot of Green wing Teal from time to time.

a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves over at the log bay one fact there have been quite a few birds along the trail some days....

like this young Anna's Hummingbird on one of the few sunny mornings....

this male Hairy Woodpecker was found on the same day.

this young Bald Eagle was there as well.  There are still a few eagles around, but most have now moved on and I have no idea where the swans are.

over at Harrison Bay, the calm theme continues....

Canada Geese are back in the fields now....

Spotting this Red-neck Grebe on the 3rd was a bit of a pleasant surprise.

while today, the most exciting find was this Brown Creeper.  There were a number of Golden-crowned Kinglets with it, but wasn't able to get a picture.

Sunshine is promised towards the middle of this week, let's hope so.  We need a change in the weather to prompt some activity.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Bye bye 2020

 Finally, the last day of a year that has been like no other. 

The last week or so has been very quiet...

And pretty typical for the time of year. Lots of rain but with some dry spells, lots of various ducks in the area

This closer look shows a lot of Green wing Teal, as well as a Gadwall and a Common Merganser 

There are usually some Great Blue Heron, this one is a young one as it is still showing the ‘head lites’ on the point of the wing. 

The log bay isn’t really a bay anymore

One day there was a flock of Pine Siskin in the bay, of course the main bunch flew before I could get a picture 

It has been quiet over at Harrison Bay as well although it has been nice to see geese, swans and ducks back in the fields  

Hooded Merganser aren’t often seen on the river, but the other day a pair were swimming right along the edge which allowed for some decent photos, this the male..

And this the female

So let’s end the year with what the area is famous for...
Bald Eagles this morning. So Happy New Years, wonder what 2021 has in store for us!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Winter has arrived

 Well it definitely is looking like winter now!

This was the scene this morning!  Absolutely beautiful!

This guy was enjoying the morning sunshine 

A little later I ventured over to the park, no one else had been through the connecting path

Beautiful there as well with a young eagle posing nicely

Not sure if we are seeing the same bird over and over again or what!

After lunch ventured over to Harrison Bay 

It was absolutely beautiful but unfortunately we had to cut the walk short due to a limping dog but did see a few eagles

Like this guy on the log boom and it was nice to see....

Canada geese in the fields again, although I’m not sure that is a good thing as it seems hunters have set up shop in the area again, fortunately none were around today. 

Monday, December 21, 2020

First day of winter

 It is the first day of winter and it looks like it. Wet, sloppy snow coming down turning everything white. Not sure how much we will get or it will stay, temperature not quite at freezing. If it does stay, I’ll get pictures, but right now we will settle for the last couple of days of fall which were actually quit nice. 

All was very peaceful over at the log bay Saturday morning,

This young Bald Eagle was enjoying breakfast on the shore, directly below the bench

There were several groups of Trumpeter Swan, this pair were over by one side, they were stirring up the bottom with their feet which is why there were also Common Merganser hanging with them to pick up any tidbits 

While just out front, the large family was doing the same thing but accompanied by Goldeneyes  

Up the other way 7 Great Blue Heron were hanging out.  Seven seems to be the number of choice this year when it comes to heron  

Sunday morning it was another, or perhaps the same, young eagle doing the entertainment.  He started out on the end of the top log, then worked his way down...

Then peering intently into the water, he suddenly jumped in...

Swam back to the log

And proceeded to eat the fish parts he had obviously spotted and decided to retrieve.

Also at the log bay, but less obvious, was a family of Anna’s Hummingbirds. Most too deep in the shrub to get a picture but this female perched in sight for a minute or two. 

Also on the walk back we had seen a flock of Pine Siskin take off. This would be the reason why. A Sharp shin Hawk looking for lunch.