Humming birds building nests

Posted by Douglas Brown , Monday, April 26, 2010 12:13 AM

It's that time of year again when the little hummers build the nests around here, and one of my favourite spots to watch them collect the material is at Crescent Park in White Rock.

About each 5 minutes one or more will come to the cattails at this pond and grab the fluff from them, and with backlighting it is quite a sight.


Meanwhile I also heard some loud calls from 2 barred owls, but my search resulted in not finding them.
A couple of pileated woodpeckers were busy cracking at trees, so this park is quite active now.

Tree swallows

Posted by Douglas Brown , Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:55 AM

It's great to see swallows back in the same haunts at George Reifel Bird Sanctuary.   
Tree Swallow
.....however there was an error made on the housing in which,
the holes were too big and that allowed the
sparrows to take over.
Now they will make the
holes smaller to accommodate
the swallows.
I hope this works out for both species.


Posted by Douglas Brown , Monday, April 5, 2010 9:15 PM

Last year in the summer I was in Penticton,
and Naramata with hopes of capturing quail,
and magpies.
It seems, though they were in numbers,
none were cooperating for a nice photo,
other than in the dark of trees or on the ground.
California Quail
Late this March I had the chance to go up again for a week,
and said to myself this is my goal.
California Quail

Then the magpies were all around gathering foliage for nesting,
so they did not seem to care how close I got.

These being on the ground      
was a non issue, because the sky was a bit overcast,
and was playing havoc with white balance.

The bonus of the week was seeing some bluebirds.
Heading up to Vaseaux Lake saw a bit too much snow on the road,
even for the Jeep, so on the way back down.
a few Western Bluebirds were spotted close to the road
Western Bluebird

Those are a lifer for me.