Monday, June 13, 2011

Peaked water? and odd’s ‘n ends

After a weekend away it appears that perhaps our water levels have reached their peak…

highest point?

coming in at about 3 and 3/4 feet on our marker…this photo was actually taken last Friday, but levels are the same today…as is the weather, in fact it is wetter today with on and off downpours!

Wax Wing

Today I noticed a pair of Cedar Waxwings

Wax Wing nest

busy constructing a nest…this will be another nest to keep an eye on! I also heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch calling today…the first one since last year.

Juvenile Robin

Saw this juvenile American Robin today….once they reach this size they are independent and on their own.  Had a juvenile Steller’s Jay at the feeder today too…too wet to bother trying to get a picture.


going to throw in this picture of one of the fledgling American Robins that I’ve seen in the last week or so….at this size still dependent on mom or dad.

We spent the weekend at our favorite haunt ‘Tunkwa Lake P.P.’ and I’ve just downloaded approximated 250 pictures…a great many of them of a Great Gray Owl that was there…by tomorrow I should be organized enough to post pictures…but on one of the memory cards I had these…

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pictures of a male Rufous Hummingbird – not the best as the light was all wrong…and

Female Calliope Hummingbird

this female Calliope Hummingbird…Calliope are the smallest of the hummingbirds (at least around here) and a few are usually spotted each spring en route to the interior.

Speaking of being spotted…I’ve now had two reports of a male Yellow headed Blackbird in the area…and right now, as I write this, there are two Band Tail Pigeons on my feeder…it seems very late in the season to see Band Tails, usually they’ve moved up into the mountains by now.

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