Archive for May, 2008

Iris and Clematis

One of my iris bloomed today …

Iris

Iris

And this is one of the Clematis plants I bought yesterday – it was already blooming at the store …

Clematis

Hope they add some happiness to your day.

My Lazuli Bunting Came Back …

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Too cool, eh??? Not the clearest of shots – but I was shooting through my windshield AGAIN. As soon as I moved to get past that he flew away – and didn’t come back again last night. I waited about an hour for him, then finally gave up and came inside where it was warm

Hope you enjoy him – thanks for looking!

Female Rufous Hummingbird

Busy night at my hummer feeder tonight … I think this one is a female Rufous … the white tips on her tail say it is female – their size is so tiny, but they are real scrappers at the feeders!

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Female Calliope 1

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Female Calliope 2

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Female Calliope 3

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Female Calliope 4

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Female Calliope 5

Lazuli Bunting

Oh, how thrilling this was!!! I was sitting at my kitchen table watching my feeders this morning and I saw a streak of blue. Jumped up for the camera (wrong lens) and dashed back but it had disappeared. I spent most of the day waiting for it to come back. From the fast glimpse I had gotten of it, I figured it was a Western Bluebird.

At suppertime tonight it came back and I managed to grab 3 quick shots before it took off. They are not wonderful and badly out of focus, but I realized this was not a Western Bluebird because of the black and white on its wings. So off to Peterson’s Western Birds Book I went – its a Lazuli Bunting – related to the finches. I had never heard of one before so this was soooo cool!!!

Here’s my very poor shots … Hope you think he’s as pretty as I do.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Mourning Dove

This spring, I bought a new pole to hang my bird feeders from – it has multiple options for hanging things. I had originally planned to hang a couple of flowering baskets with hummer-attracting flowers, but the weather was still too nippy for them, so hung my seed feeders instead. I have become very popular in my neighbourhood.

All the little birds feed at the feeders, but some of them are rather messy and chuck the food out onto the deck. I have not minded, because now I have the larger birds coming as well, who pick at the tossed seed. The other day I was sitting here at the puter (I can see the feeders from here) and there was a flurry of big wings and large tails right outside the window so I jumped up and grabbed the camera.

Here’s who came calling ….

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

These are Mourning Doves. They have a very distinctive call and I hear them quite often in the orchard. You can hear their song here: http://www.naturesongs.com/falcstri.html#modo

Hope you enjoy this – thanks for looking!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

More Yellow Rumps

Here’s another couple – taken at the Chichester Wetlands last Saturday. These ones clearly show the yellow rump

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chichester Wetlands

I spent a glorious few hours yesterday down at the Chichester Wetlands. The wetlands snake around several housing subdivisions with two access points. I started at the first one closest to my home, filled the first 1 gig card, went and got lunch from Dairy Queen, then took it back to the second access point, ate my lunch listening to all the birds singing, then filled a second 1 gig card.

It was fabulous! Very few people around, too.

The Red-winged Blackbirds were out in full force – lots and lots of them!!!

Here’s some of the best:

Red-winged Blackbird female - singing her little heart out!

Red-winged Blackbird in the Red Osier Dogwood bushes

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch

More birds at my feeder – this is a new one this year. I had seen them around town, but not at my feeders up here on the hill, so was really pleased to have attracted them.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch