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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American Redstart: It’s a Lifer!

This is the first American Redstart I’ve ever seen and positively identified :)  It’s an interesting name that matches the male bird perfectly but the female or juveniles? Not so much!

I wish I could have taken a video of the way it flew from tree to tree – showing off her tail… probably the prettiest small bird flight I’ve seen.  I love my backyard. Blessed.

American Redstart (female or Juvie)
American Redstart (female or juvie)
American Redstart (juvenile)
American Redstart (juvenile)
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