Category Archives: birds

Waterfront supplement

  The varied water birds seen at Nelson’s winter waterfront continue to impress. This season I have shown swans, coots, goldeneyes and scaups. Here are three more species recorded today. Mr. and Mrs. Hooded Merganser swim past. This is one of a … Continue reading

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December goulash

  This is a collection of images from this December, none of which has had a posting of its own. A Coyote hunts for voles in a field. Each winter, Nelson’s waterfront plays host to a variety of interesting water … Continue reading

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Four swans a-swimming

  This has been a good winter for seeing swans. However, by Christmas Eve, I had not seen any for nearly a month. Then four swans came a-visiting. A family of Trumpeter Swans appeared at Kokanee Creek Park. The grey … Continue reading

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Ruffed Grouse reappears

  Comprehensive digital records from ebird.org show that the Ruffed Grouse can be seen in this area year round. My own records say otherwise. When I look at the dated pictures I have taken in my yard, there is a … Continue reading

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Raptor ramble

  I spent a few hours rambling among raptors. While many were seen perched, this posting favours raptors seen flying. We have two resident falcons, each of which was seen. This is the smaller; it is a male kestrel. Slightly … Continue reading

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Turkeys in trees

  The first time I saw a Wild Turkey in a tree was only a month ago. While they do roost in trees overnight, and some subscribers commented that they see them there regularly, I had only seen these birds … Continue reading

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Lucy’s back

  How can one distinguish one Canada Goose in a flock of a few hundred? It is easy if that goose is leucistic.  A leucistic animal is one where some region of its pelage lacks pigment. It is not an … Continue reading

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November goulash

  This is a collection of images none of which has had a posting of its own. The first two are actually neglected pictures left over from October. The final three were taken this November. A robin feeds on elderberries. … Continue reading

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Curiosity of young raptors

  Of late, I have become curious about the curiosity sometimes displayed by young raptors. When I wander past a perched raptor, it usually bolts to a more distant spot. Now and then the raptor will first regard me from … Continue reading

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Shrike 3

  I saw three shrikes yesterday, but it was shrike #3 that puzzled me. The Northern Shrike is a raptor-like songbird that is around here in the cold season. However, it is not particularly common, so I was unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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