It’s a Lifer! Olive-Sided Flycatcher

Hark! The Herald Olive-Sided Flycatcher sings!

On top of the pine tree – against the sun – making for a difficult photograph – but a Life Lister none the less!   I saw this rather large bird flying about the tops of the trees – but since I was watching it and squinting against the sun, I was having trouble identifying him by silhouette alone.  I heard the song ‘quick three beers’ and then managed to snap him from a distance when he perched on the pine.  I had to go inside and look through my books for a positive ID and then confirmed he was indeed an Olive-Sided Flycatcher – a first ever for me – yippee! 😀

This is the first time I’ve ever seen this bird – and it thrills me that he was right outside my backyard!  #birdnerd

Olive-Sided Flycatcher
Olive-Sided Flycatcher

 

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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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Backyard Birding in Alberta

Welcome to my new backyard birding blog…

I love being in nature and I love photography so this hobby of mine combines two of my passions. Moving into my house this summer motivated me to watch and see which species visit my new neighbourhood and I’m excited to say that I have been happily surprised at the variety!  I have decided to get my backyard certified as a wildlife friendly habitat – but more on that later.  This blog is a place for me to document what I see – mainly in my own backyard and neighbourhood, and sometimes further out.  I’d love your comments and ideas and I love to do related topic link swaps, just click the comment button beside each post.

If you are reading this – I hope you enjoy the images :)

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House Sparrow
Male House Sparrow in my Schubert Chokecherry Tree.
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