Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Well as you can see from the first photo in the last post....and this photo....

there has been a dramatic change in the weather!  A wet warm front came sweeping in and washed all our snow away!  So much for any hopes of a white Christmas!  One would have thought that all that rain and melting snow would have at least raised the water levels a bit, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference at all.

So today has been a very mild and even sunny at times Christmas Eve.  Wandered a bit with a camera so am just going to post some miscellaneous bird photos of some of the birds around right now....

Northern Flicker....this one, with the red 'mustache' being a male.

lots of Varied Thrush around right now but they are very spooky and difficult to get photos of, took this one a few days ago through my window.

the Anna's Hummingbirds are still here too.  I'm pretty sure I have two different females visiting my yard as well as I'm not sure how many young ones.

Mustn't forget the Steller's Jay.  Species I didn't get photos of but that seen regularly are Song Sparrow, Starling, Spotted Towhee, and Red-wing Blackbirds.

The bushes have been full of bouncing little birds....the sort that are so frustrating to try and get pictures of....

today I did manage to capture a Gold-crowned Kinglet....

and a Black-capped Chickadee.  It is interesting that although there are lots of them in the bushes, I haven't had any to my feeders in a couple of weeks.  I have had a few Chestnut-backed at the feeders.  Also absent lately are the Red-breasted Nuthatch.

there are still quite a few Bald Eagles out there, although no where near the numbers there were.  We've also seen a Red Tail Hawk regularly the last week or so.  

One more thing to mention, apparently hummingbirds aren't the only creatures that have a sweet tooth.  We had wondered why, some mornings our hummingbird feeder was completely empty - that is until we found a raccoon slurping it dry....and then we saw this....

Douglas Squirrel busy licking where the hummer 'juice' drips on the tree trunk.  Our Chipmunks must be hibernating, but the squirrels remain out and active.

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