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Damien

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2016 Birds
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:55:39 AM »

I'm lucky to have a steady supply of hummers and tits all winter long to keep me warm.  lol



Sorry for the crappy blackberry picture.

American Bushtits - a flock of about 20 roost a fir tree in my backyard and hit my front suet feeder most days throughout the winter.

Anna's Hummingbird - I saw a couple of the little guys taking cover during the windstorm hiding in my roddo's so I decided to put out the feeder this winter.  They have been hanging around ever since.
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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2016, 09:31:10 AM »

Super cool, Damien!

We have a friendly Anna's at our place as well, this is her second winter visiting our feeder. We call her Alfreda. Earlier this month we also noticed a male at our feeder more than once, his ruby red throat was incredible. He has been dubbed Alfredo. LOL

My gf and I bought a starter (non-humming) bird feeder last weekend and I set it up. So far I've been at work during daylight hours but my gf has seen a couple of black-capped chickadees visiting it in the mornings, which is super cool as they are our favourite birds on the block. Our setup is fairly standard, looks something like this (except our hummingbird feeder is mounted separately under our house eaves):

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2016, 04:17:51 PM »

The photos I have are generally pretty terrible, as I don't have a nice camera. That said, at our feeder since we put it up earlier this year we've had Chickadees, Black-eyed Juncos, and what I think are Fox Sparrows and European Starlings.

Speaking of Chickadees, one of my absolute favourite bird photos ever was this one from Dragonspeed he posted a number of years back in the 2010 Birds thread:


Black Capped Chickadee
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

I loved it so much, it inspired me to try watercolour painting for the first time!



Just thought I'd share that instead of grainy smartphone pics of my bird sightings. :)

Keep 'em coming!
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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2016, 09:53:47 PM »

Your FIRST watecolour!?!?  Great work!

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2016, 04:54:03 PM »

Here is a picture taken at Terra Nova Feb. 18

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2016, 12:42:29 PM »

Your FIRST watecolour!?!?  Great work!

Thank you! It was fun to do, probably going to peruse the old threads a bit more and pick out some other birds to practice on. :)

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2016, 12:37:33 PM »

Here is a picture taken at Terra Nova Feb. 18


Nice Harrier!

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2016, 05:56:59 PM »

Some from an outing to Reifel today:

1. The always beautiful Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The ever moving American Bushtit

American bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. The subtly named Ring-necked Duck

Male ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The tiny but beautiful Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. The "death from the sky" - Perigrine Falcon (juvie)

Immature Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The full set is at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsktHpBWD

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2016, 09:03:36 PM »

nice shots, that bushtit is so fluffy!

I spotted a fish raptor today:

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2016, 10:06:15 PM »

LB - that is a nice looking fish that the eagle has - wonder if he has a license ;)

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2016, 06:10:29 PM »

American Bittern photographed at Reifel Feb. 23:



Evening Grosbeak from Vancouver near QE park Jan. 1:

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2016, 10:15:41 PM »

I'm partial to the grosbeak with the frost... Love the setting.

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2016, 01:01:52 PM »

Evening Grosbeak from Vancouver near QE park Jan. 1:



Wow! I'm with Brian - love this photo! The bird looks so inquisitive, and the frost on the branch!?!? Beautiful.

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Re: 2016 Birds
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2016, 07:27:09 AM »

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I've ever spent!  A few feathered friends made an appearance.

1. Female Brown-Headed Cowbird

Female Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Steller's Jay (Our BC provincial bird!)

Steller's jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Barrow's Goldeneye

Male Barrow's goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The Ubiquitous Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack

rey jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. My personal favourite bird of the weekend - Townsend's Warbler

Townsend's warbler (Setophaga townsendi)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of landscape and a couple of starscape attempts in the album, if you're interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!