Robins in the Rain, er… Bath!

The Robins found my babbling brook! I’m delighted that the water feature in my yard has attracted its first birdy bathers! I feel like I’ve won the lottery… I could sit and watch this for hours (if they stayed that long!).

"Hey you! Not so close!"  Robins bathing in my backyard.
“Hey you! I was here first!” – Robins bathing in my backyard.
Splish Splash I was having a bath...
Splish Splash I was having a bath…
Now just let me spread out my feathers... ahhhh
Now just let me spread out my feathers… back off it’s my turn!
I told you it was my turn first! -Robin Redbreast
I told you it was my turn! -Robin Redbreast
Peeking around before a bath...
Peeking around for a quiet spot …
House Sparrow... hoping for a quick drink beside the Robins
House Sparrow… hoping for a quick dip beside the Robins

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North American Robin having a cherry snack...
North American Robin having a cherry snack…
North American Robin
North American Robin
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Afternoon peek into the yard… sneaky woodpecker

Quick pic of the globe feeder today
Quick pic of the globe feeder today
Flexible waxwing with an itch..
Flexible waxwing with an itch..
Downy Woodpecker: "I'm pretty sure this is not a woodpecker feeder port"
Downy Woodpecker: “I’m pretty sure this is not a woodpecker feeder port”
Downy Woodpecker: "Nom Nom Nom"
Downy Woodpecker: “Nom Nom Nom”
Downy Woodpecker: "Hey, food is food!"
Downy Woodpecker: “Hey, food is food!”
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Breakfast with the baby birds and a visit from two others :)

This morning in the yard,… the main action was in the chokecherry tree where juvenile sparrows and waxwings were having breakfast.

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Sparrow eating a cherry

I saw a pretty European Starling way way up in a tree and managed to take a decent photo considering the distance between us.
European Starling

Good morning waxy!

This is one of my favourite photos…
Juvenile waxwing having breakfast

A new sighting in my yard this morning- a bird caught my eye and I couldn’t instantly recognize it. She was flying from tree to tree up high but the light color helped me to keep an eye on her until I could get a lock on her with my camera. It was a dark-eyed junco but I’ve never seen one in these lovely pastel colours before! One more for the yard list!

Dark-eyed Junco - so pretty!

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Northern Flicker lookin’ pretty

I’m very happy today because I had a nice backyard visit with a beautiful Northern Flicker.  My feathered friend even posed for me and gave me great eye contact all while enjoying the beautiful warm day.

Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker Profile
Northern Flicker Profile
Close Up Northern Flicker
Close Up Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

I’ve seen the Robins around the neighbourhood, but today I saw a good photo opportunity so snapped this (below).  I like how he’s just resting in the cherry tree.

American Robin
American Robin

How sweet is this little singing Tennessee Warbler?  She popped by to say hello, so tiny and lovely.

Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

She posed so perfectly on the fence – I just had to take her portrait.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
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Brrrrr! An Early Snow

Well, after the cold rainy days – we had a brief snow overnight… the weather here is always changing so it won’t last, but still it’s no picnic to wake up to.  I headed outside around ten to do the usual bird watching and hoping to see the Catbird again.

Let’s see who was out and about…

Chilly Little Sparrow - wishing away the snow
Chilly Little Sparrow – wishing away the snow
Cold Little Finch on the Snow-Covered Feeder
Cold Little Finch on the Snow-Covered Feeder
Male House Sparrow peeking around the tree
Male House Sparrow peeking around the tree
Sweet little pair
Sweet little pair

 

And aha! I see the Catbird again, and this time he’s having lunch in my tree :)

Grey Catbird having lunch
Grey Catbird having lunch

After lunch he hopped over to the Mayday tree where I was able to take a couple more pictures through the branches.  He’s such a beautiful bird.

The elusive Catbird is back!
The elusive Catbird is back!
House Sparrow fluffing up and keeping warm
House Sparrow fluffing up and keeping warm
Squirrel keeping watch..
Squirrel keeping watch..
Grey Catbird in the Mayday Tree
Grey Catbird in the Mayday Tree
Grey Catbird
Grey Catbird

 

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