Category Archives: birds

Tufted sparrow

  Watch your surroundings long enough, and something distinctly odd may turn up — in this case a tufted sparrow.  The bird is obviously a chick. It did not seem capable of flight and merely sat on the edge of … Continue reading

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Unrelated cousins

  We have grosbeaks: similarly looking, heavy-billed, seed- and insect-eating birds that have been lumped together as a group for over three centuries. They are, what is referred to as a form taxon, a group based, not upon their biology, … Continue reading

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Lucy has a new gosling

  Lucy was hatched at least a decade ago. She is the only local Canada Goose that is a recognizable individual.  Normally, when we wish to identify an individual animal, we have to mark it with something ranging from a … Continue reading

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More chicks

  New life abounds in the spring. Here are three rarely featured species. Robin Four robin chicks look out from a nest under a building’s eves.  One of the chicks seems to be getting more than its fair share of … Continue reading

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Vulture’s matutinal ritual

  When one watches a Turkey Vulture’s morning, it certainly seems to reveal a ritualistic behaviour. The day begins with the vulture spreading its wings to warm then in the early morning sunlight. Then comes the obligatory stretching of the … Continue reading

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Big-chick feeding

  There is a narrow window of opportunity to be able to see dipper chicks leaning out of their nest and being fed. When slightly younger, they stay inside; when slightly older they have fledged and are gone. When I … Continue reading

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Cedar Waxwings feed

  Gregarious, garrulous, and guileless, a couple of dozen Cedar Waxwings feast on the petals of a black hawthorn tree. This is the first time I have seen a flock of these birds feeding on the petals of flowers.  The … Continue reading

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May goulash

  This is a largish collection of images from May, none of which has had a posting of its own. The House Finch is a colourful western bird that has now spread across the continent. The Killdeer arrives from the … Continue reading

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Two courtship displays

  I watched two courtship displays of birds this morning. One was obvious; the other was subtle. A courtship display is a behaviour in which an animal (often a male) attempts to attract a mate. The courtship display of the … Continue reading

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Hummers three

  We are a few weeks into the hummingbird season. It started slowly with the arrival of male Rufous Hummingbirds. Then some female Rufous arrived. Now are added the Calliope and Black-chinned. Sometimes they share a feeder, sometimes they fight … Continue reading

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