Feathers on Friday: Common Raven in my ‘hood

I see Crows quite often in my neighborhood but seeing a Raven is much more rare.  Today I heard one calling loudly and there’s no mistaking that gutteral sound… a Raven!

I found him on a neighboring rooftop and snapped a photo.  One more for my Yard List this year :)

Common Raven on the Roof
Common Raven on the Roof

More Feathers on Friday Posts:

Prairie Birder

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Cedar Waxwing Antics; How I love thee..

The Cedar Waxwings have been having a great time around the yard this summer and I’ve been having a great time watching them!  Sometimes their behavior makes me laugh out loud and often its when I’m trying to take photos and I need to be quiet and still.  When the juveniles begin to fly they often fall from branches that are too small to support their weight. I watch as they fall branch to branch clinging on to the tips of the small branches until they eventually grab a strong enough branch and stop.  It’s a lot like watching a pinball game – only much more fun and much more exciting (and they are SO much cuter than a metal ball to be sure!).

Today the juvie’s were in various trees, watching each other (and their parents) fly from tree to tree and back again. I was taking a few pictures from a stationary spot in the yard when one little guy who was sitting comfortably up in my cherry tree became alert to a commotion in another tree nearby (it turned out to be a squirrel).  He went into the ‘tall thin‘ posture and I couldn’t help it – I laughed – he was very cute and it was quite funny but I still managed to snap before and after photos to share with you below.

Cedar Waxwing in Fluffy Pose
Cedar Waxwing in Fluffy Pose
Cedar Waxwing in the Tall Thin Posture
Cedar Waxwing in the Tall Thin Posture

And what did Mama Cedar think of this impressive display??

Sassy Mama Cedar Waxwing
Sassy Mama Cedar Waxwing

Have you ever had a nosy old neighbour – disapprovingly peering into your yard to see what you have been up to in your garden?  This one is hard to be miffed at…lol

The Nosy Neighbour (Cedar Waxwing)
The Nosy Neighbour (Cedar Waxwing)

I just love these guys, I’m gonna miss them in the winter, but something to look forward to in Summer 2016…

Here’s a few more portraits of the Cedars on the morning side of life …. until next time!

Elegant Mama Cedar Waxwing
Elegant Mama Cedar Waxwing
A very handsome guy ;)
A very handsome guy ;)
Peeking through the poplar
Peeking through the poplar
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A Downy in the Sparrow-Free Feeder

Today I was looking out my kitchen window at my new ‘sparrow free’ cedar birdfeeder to see if there was any interest in it yet.  Much to my surprise (and delight) – a Downy Woodpecker was flying around it and eyeing the feeder holes.  This particular feeder is aimed at the smaller birds – mainly chickadees and nuthatches – made with small entry holes and no perches in hopes that the house sparrows won’t be able to use it.  Since my house sparrows seem to eat everything from every type of feeder I own –  I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it.  I purchased mine at The Wild Bird Store (click here) where Kris and Dave are happy to help you!

I guess ‘sparrow free’ technically doesn’t mean ‘downy free’ …. so he helped himself to the treats inside for quite awhile.  What a cutie!

The video is below in standard format – if you want to watch it in beautiful HD – click on the vimeo link. :)

Downy in Sparrow Free Feeder from Morningside Life on Vimeo.

 

Downy Woodpecker on "Sparrow Free" Feeder
Downy Woodpecker on “Sparrow Free” Feeder
Downy Woodpecker in Feeder
Downy Woodpecker in Feeder

 

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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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