Tuesday, January 27, 2015

and this is winter?

This strange winter continues....we had torrential rain for a day or so, which brought the water levels back up....

this was taken yesterday,  Jan. 26th over at the collapsed log bay on another unseasonably warm day - temperatures reached 15 degrees Celsius!

there was a fair amount of little bird activity in the vicinity like these Pine Siskin that have been starting to show up with a bit more regularity lately.

and Black-capped Chickadees.....

even spotted this female Purple Finch!  First one of those I've seen in months.  There were also some Ruby-crowned Kinglets and I've heard there is a Townsend's Solitaire in the area.  Usually if any of those grey coloured cousins of the American Robin are going to stop by during migration it isn't until late March or even April.  There are a few Robin being seen too.

also spotted lurking in the bushes yesterday was this little guy, a Douglas Squirrel, nice to see one actually in the park.

and not to be outdone, there was this...

Bald Eagle perched over in a tree where we don't normally see them.

Today it was still mild although not as warm as the last few days, we went over to Kilby to see what was around....

as you can see it was very grey and misty!  There was one eagle perched in that far tree but not a lot of anything else on the water.

a flock of Bushtits (this one, with the yellow eyes being a female) were busy going over the bushes in one area along the dyke.

way more Dark-eyed Junco than we've seen all winter, must have been a hundred or more.  Also the usual Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Black-capped Chickadee's etc. and a few Red-wing Blackbirds.  The situation of the sick and dying Red-wings continues to be of concern as the resident flock appears to be getting smaller and smaller.  Also noticed were some House Sparrow, and an Anna's Hummingbird.

Lastly, even though this picture isn't as clear and crisp as I'd like, put it in to show this Steller's Jay with it's white 'eye brow' - this is typical of the jays seen in the interior and more eastern parts of the province.

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