White Crowned Sparrows, Blue Jay & Finches

This has been a great month for birding in my yard! This week I saw this beauty of a Blue Jay in one of my trees – the color just grabs me, I love blue!

Blue Jay
Blue Jay

Here is a lifer for me, a white crowned sparrow (male) was poking around in the shrubs with the house sparrows looking for seeds. The white caught my eye – and I’m glad it did! Another one for the yard list!

White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow

I never tire of the beautiful house finches, and I’m especially attracted to the orange ones, and I love the rain!

Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)

A couple of days after spotting the male White Crowned Sparrow in my shrubs – I saw this pretty gal in my grass – new bird for me = happy day!

White Crowned Sparrow (female)
White Crowned Sparrow (female)

Until Next Time!

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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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A Rainy Day in the Backyard

It’s dark and gloomy outside and raining on and off all day, still I wanted to see who might be about in the garden despite the weather.  Mr. Squirrel was scurrying around looking for snacks,  a few House Sparrows fluffed themselves up on the branches of the Mayday and a little black-capped Chickadee helped himself to some seeds from the feeder.  It’s a chilly day but we know it won’t last…

A Black 'Eastern Grey' Squirrel
A Black ‘Eastern Grey’ Squirrel
House Sparrow in the Rain
House Sparrow in the Rain
Black-Capped Chickadee
Black-Capped Chickadee
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Birds, Glorious Birds

I am VERY excited today! I have had more birds in my yard and was able to capture most of them on my camera.  I was SUPER excited to see this Beautiful Bandit (Cedar Waxwing) in my Mayday tree from the kitchen window… I was able to sneak out fast enough to get this shot below.  What a magnificent bird, and what a treat to see him here! I hope that means there will be more!

Gorgeous Cedar Waxwing
Gorgeous Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow backlit by sun
House Sparrow backlit by sun

I also had a few silent moments with a Crow, she was so pretty with brown feathers on her head… likely a juvie, but just staring into those eyes, knowing how intelligent they are, I just couldn’t help but wonder what she was thinking.

Handsome American Crow
Handsome American Crow

Who doesn’t love a baby face?? :)

Sweet & Soft Baby Sparrow
Sweet & Soft Baby Sparrow

A couple of Pine Siskins were hanging around the Mayday tree near the sparrows, they are so small and move so quickly that it’s not easy to see the yellow feathers tucked in their wings.

Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin, all fluffed up
Pine Siskin, all fluffed up
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow (female)
House Finch
House Finch

 

I’d say this was a great day for backyard birding!

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