The best of the bird pictures pre 2019


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This may be a song sparrow - but more experienced birders may know better.

(12:11:2018)

A baby hummingbird - probably an Anna's - visited the feeder. The picture is a little fuzzy because it was taken through the screen on the kitchen window.

(9:05:2018)

We had a visit from a Pileated Woodpecker! We haven't seen one of these in our yard for two or three years. He had a good snack from the suet.

(29:04:2018)

The house finches are back - this male tries to boss the other birds around - with varying success.

(12:04:2018)

Two pairs of crossbills have become regulars at the bird feeders.

(12:04:2018)

A pair of towhees lives in the neighbour's hedge. We mostly see them at ground level as they don't often go up into the trees or to the feeders where we could easily watch them.

(12:04:2018)

The crossbills have been hanging around. The female came and posed for pictures this morning.

(01:04:2018)

A brand new visitor to our feeder. We believe that this fellow is a Red Crossbill. There are two pairs - the females are a dull yellow where the males are red. Crossing our fingers that they hang around!

(27:03:2018)

We caught our resident flickers having a bath this morning. They took turns having a good splash in the water.

(27:03:2018)

We think that this visitor is an American Goldfinch in his winter coat. There were four of them at one point. They liked to stay in the feed tray out of the snow.

Update - a closer look leads me to think that these are the crossbills seen in March - goldfinches should have dark foreheads and this fellow's bill appears to be crossed.

(27:01:2018)

A Stellar's Jay has found our suet feeder. He leaps and grabs a bite then drops back to the railing. Hard work for a small bite!

(04:10:2017)

A pair of ring-necked doves has decided to hang around in our neighbourhood. They looked chilly this morning.

(04:10:2017)

Mr. & Mrs. Gold Finch came by for a visit. We don't see them often.

(04:07:2017)

This robin had a bath and then hung around getting dry even though we were working not far away.

(01:04:2017)

A solitary flicker has been a frequent visitor this winter, but we've never before seen two at once. The female flicker sat patiently for about 5 minutes while the male ate his fill at the suet, then he left and she had her turn.

(14:03:2017)

Oh, oh! The Ring Necked doves have found us! This one is elegant, but they are messy and noisy so we don't encourage them to hang around. We had a whole flock in Kelowna. Notice that there is no snow on the railing or in the trees behind. Two days before it was over a foot thick!

(11:02:2017)

The Anna's hummingbird that lives in our yard was happy to find a feeder still available. I'm not sure if the white on his undercarriage is feathers or snow!

(03:02:2017)

The Downy Woodpecker was happy to find suet available when the world was buried in a foot of snow.

February 5, 2017
Three fat house finches checking out the seed feeder on a chilly morning.

January 03, 2017


These little birds have been identified as Common Bushtits. They swoop in all at once on the suet and are gone again in minutes, twittering happily.

January 03, 2017
Our neighbourhood flicker is back.

December 13, 2016


We spotted this hummingbird in a tree outside the Crown Isle liquor store. They had hung out a feeder for him, but he was just sitting, taking in the view.

December 10, 2016
A pair of house finches have been visiting the bird feeders.

October 14, 2016


This Flicker spent about ten minutes feasting on the suet.

October 13, 2016
See who came to visit when we put out some finch food!

August 10, 2016


The Downy woodpecker is back! We are getting better at capturing birds on the suet.

July 26, 2016
A family of Black Capped Chickadees have been frequent visitors at the suet feeder. They move so fast that we've had to resort to setting the camera on "sport" to get anything but a blur!

July 17, 2016


This one, which we think is a Chipping Sparrow, is even harder to catch sitting still. So far there are only two of them.

July 17, 2016
A Red Breasted Nuthatch found our suet feeder. It is mostly populated by chickadees who don't sit still long enough to have their picture taken.

July 7, 2016


A young flicker has found our suet. He wouldn't cooperate for getting a face-on picture.

May 28, 2016
We had another visit from one of the hawks who keep an eye on our siskins.

(19:02:2016)

Another new visitor to the back yard. Looking for a feast of Siskins. Looks like a Barred Owl (but they are not supposed to live on our side of the Rockies). Watched while we took pictures and then moved on to better pickin's.

(22:01:2016)

Another look at one of the big Pileated Woodpeckers. They didn't stay long.
Nov 18, 2015


We had an unusual visit from two Pileated Woodpeckers.
Nov 18, 2015
A few of the Pine Siskins lined up at the feeder. They hang around all winter.
November 18, 2015


Another visit from a Downy Woodpecker. They really like that suet.
Oct 29, 2015
Our resident (wet) sparrow likes the new tray feeder.
April 18, 2014


A Golden Crowned sparrow stopped by on his way north.
April 25, 2014
An Anna's hummingbird sucking back the nectar.
April 25, 2014


So does the Anna's hummingbird. We haven't been able to catch the Rufus long enough for a picture.
April 8, 2014
The sparrow (?) hangs around a lot.
April 8, 2014


Allan turned a new tray feeder, hoping to attract larger birds like the thrush. It and a hummingbird feeder have been added to the feeding "tree."
April 5, 2014
This is one of several hummingbirds who frequent our three feeders. I think that it is a female Anna's. She was around on and off all winter.
April 5, 2014


Here he (she?) is in profile.
The Downy Woodpecker is back on the suet feeder. We're using the camera on high speed which doesn't show the red patch on his head.
March 29, 2014


The House Finch again - the camera was set on very high speed shots and colours disappeared.
A House Finch - he's not this gray.
March 25, 2014


We're not sure who this is - maybe a female house finch or a song sparrow or a fat Pine Siskin???
March 25, 2014

Later identified as a Pine Siskin - they come in large flocks.
A Varied Thrush that we've only seen once. It took some digging in the bird book to identify this fellow.
March 24, 2014


A Downy Woodpecker who comes by frequently.
Feb 12, 2014
Mr. Robin stopped by the deck on day. Mostly they hang around the backyard cherry and the cedars.
April 10, 2014


Whiskey Jack - At the top of the lift on Mt. Washington ski hill.
August 17, 2014

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