Category Archives: birds

Mountain Bluebird

  Mountain Bluebirds are arriving. They like open fields where they hunt insects from low perches. Once an insect is spotted, the bird dives on it, returns to a perch, and feasts. A splash of blue sits in the leafless … Continue reading

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March goulash

  This is a collection of interesting creatures taken this March that lacked a posting of their own.  Many are seeing Evening Grosbeaks this year. Why have they become relatively common? In the spring, we see two species of bluebirds: … Continue reading

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Bearded finch

  Three days ago, I watched an odd looking (female) House Finch: it had a beard.  These finches like seeds and initially I thought that it had one of those fluffy seeds such as those of a dandelion or a … Continue reading

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Dangling legs

  During an open-air flight, a bird will use dangling legs and open claws as a threatening posture towards another bird. The first time I became aware of dangling legs with open claws being used in a bird attack was … Continue reading

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Hoodie travel optimization

  Much of bird watching involves creature identification, along with tracking seasonal migration. However, this posting is about neither of these; rather, it treats obscure behaviours of a duck, the Hooded Merganser. The issue is that of the duck optimizing … Continue reading

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Female-duck mystery

  It is a mystery to me why female ducks sit atop pilings in the early morning at the beginning of the breeding season. They don’t do this at other times. I have been watching female mallards do this for … Continue reading

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Hoodie rarity

  We have Hooded Mergansers year round. And although this water bird is not as common as the mallard, there are ample opportunities to see them. Yet, only once before have I seen one stand on a solid surface: swim … Continue reading

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Red-winged Blackbird

  The arrival of Red-winged Blackbirds is a sign of pending spring; They have now been observed in Nelson over the last week. Twice I have tried to get shots of them, but they tended to hide in the brush. … Continue reading

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Trumpeters

  For the past few days, there have been seven Trumpeter Swans visiting the shallows to the south and west of Kokanee Creek Park. I visited them early this morning. On their spring migration north, both swan species often stop … Continue reading

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Common Goldeneye

   

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