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4/10/15 9:24 A

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The blue heron is back in Vermont and visiting my pond. I also have a pair of Canadian geese that are here. It is cute to watch them on the pond. A couple of days ago, it was frozen and covered with snow. The geese walked across on the ice, but where there was no snow, they were expecting to find water. Then yesterday, it had warmed up enough so it was just slush around the edge. When one goose got into the pond, it found water & had trouble getting up on the ice because the slush was so thick. Normally the pond is totally thawed by the time the geese get here. It is a new experience for them in this pond

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The birds I think are thankful for my food that I provide on these wet - wet days

Northern Flicker

House Finch

Stellar Jay

Song Sparrow

Black capped Chickade

Dark eyed Junco

House Finch

There about ten days before I leave on our vacation.... And return to move back to our place of employment after a six month rest. I am going to miss my daily visitors.. I wonder what birds I will see around camp?

Today is a very wet day .. But I still got out with the Dalhouise








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3/14/15 8:36 P

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Spring must be finally coming to Vermont. Today the grackles were back and the yard was very active with the birds and the chipmunks.

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Just a few that came by my feeder this morning. Before I went walking

I have no complaints about today, I do have a regret though. I was being lazy and didn't go out side early.. I procrastinated until Dalhouise forced me off the soft comfy chair to go out for our walk. Once I did - why did I wait so long? It is a fabulous day - bright and warm. It felt good to be outside thus the regret of not going earlier. We hiked two hours enjoying the fresh air in the sunshine watching birds.



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2/28/15 11:47 A

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Yesterday I finally went to the George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta BC. It was a fabulous day birding. The drive getting to it was not the most pleasant but all was forgotten in the joy of seeing so many birds, including three lifers.
I went hoping to see the Sandhill Crane, ( I did) but I also saw the Great Horned Owl and the Black crowned Heron.. Just amazing. My listed bird seen for the day ---- Trumpter Swans, American Coots, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails, Rock Doves, Euraisan Doves, Robins, Starlings, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Black capped Chickadees, Red wing Blackbirds, Great Blue Heron, Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers , Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Golden crown Kinglets, Anna Hummingbirds, Cooper Hawk, Bald Eagles, and Greater and Lesser Scaups.
I think that includes my list of the day - like I said it was a fabulous day.




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2/13/15 9:38 P

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13 February .. The Great Backyard Bird Count has begun.
So since I am supposed to go count birds I need to see them..
I began counting from my Condo armchair
4 Stellar Jays, 2 Black capped Chickadees, 5 Darkeyed Juncos, 1 Song Sparrow, 5 House Finches, 4 Chestnut backed Chickadees

Then when I walked the Dalhouise I observed - 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Spotted Towhees,
9 Mallard Ducks, 1 Common Merganser, 5 Bald Eagles, 18 Canada Geese

Then I returned home ate lunch, became bored watching TV so I went out again to visit the estuary, hoping to see more birds.
I seen - 21 Common Mergansers, 9 Buffleheads, 1 Double Crested Cormorant, 5 Mallard Ducks, 1 Great Blue Heron, 7 Canada Geese, 8 Chestnut backed Chickadees, 2 Golden crown Kinglets - and on the way home my old friend the Northern Pygmy Owl was waiting by the side of the road perched in his tree branches looking for something to eat.
Not bad for day one...

Besides all that I hung up,at the Condo a humming bird feeder and a Niger seed sock feeder ... Let's see if any new birds come to check it out..



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2/12/15 11:30 P

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12 February don't forget tomorrow is the world bird count weekend start.
0740 Song Sparrow 1
0807 Darkeyed Junco 6
0811 Stellar Jay 4
0824 Northern Flicker 1
0905 Black capped Chickadee 2
0932 Chestnut backed Chickadee 4

Then it was a car ride to Nexen Beach to run the Dalhouise and Noni who came along for the ride to get out of the house..
Sitting on the pier Double crested Cormorants. - Pelagic Cormorants - Common Goldeneye
- Barrow's Goldeneye



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At the Condo feeder 11 February
0756 Stellar Jay 4
0809 European Starling 1
0811 Variety Thruss 1
0833 Song Sparrow
0846 Darkeyed Junco's 8

Then I went for a walk with the Dalhouise to the "Pond"
2 Hooded Mergansers
1 Great Blue Heron
5 Mallard Ducks 3M / 2 F
1 Common Goldeneye F
2 American Dippers
Heard lots of bird songs that I could not I'd
2 Spotted Towhee's
A bunch of Crows
A couple of Gulls not sure what species

Then back at my Condo
1133 Black capped Chickadee 2
1134 Chestnut backed Chickadee 4

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2/10/15 8:03 P

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Sounds wonderful! Did your mom enjoy seeing the owls? Mom my used to tell us the names for the different birds at the feeders when we were little.She would have loved sharing that moment :)

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10 February day began sunny.
0729 Song Sparrow 1
0742 Stellar Jays 4
-- then there was none.. So at 930 to 1045 went for a walk with Dalhouise around the Pond.
I heard the Bald Eagles but could not spot them... I did later in the afternoon when I seen four perched in the trees.
During my pond walk I seen a female Common Goldeneye, a Great Blue Heron in the same area as the last two days. For the first time I was able to spot two American Robins and a couple of Black capped Chickadee's on a side trail to the main trail I normally take.

This afternoon while driving my mom home - took her out for lunch.. I Spottd the Northern Pygmy Owl .. I stopped the car to show my Mom and to take a few pictures

Back at the Condo 1429 I had 15 Darkeyed Junco's
1547. Black capped Chickadee's 3
Chestnut backed Chickadee's 4. -- I wonder where they were ths morning?.
1549 House Finch 1



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2/9/15 6:01 P

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The rain is falling, I am drained of all energy and I am sitting comfortably in my cozy chair watching birds come and go at my feeders drinking a hot cup of coffee - life isn't so bad I was thinking to myself... Then along came Dalhouise....
Oh that Dalhouise factor... Life is all about the Dalhouise
On my blog I posted the birds I seen on our walk around the pond.. With pictures..

At the Condo
9th Feb I had
0818 Darkeyed Junco's. 10
0841 Northern Flicker 1
0841 Chestnut backed Chickadees 4
0844 Song Sparrow 2
0845 Stellar Jay 4
0845 Black capped Chickadee's 3
1046 House Finch 4

And the day is not even over yet so I may still get more different species coming.



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Sounds like a good day. I had a raven mocking me as I was filling the water buckets up for the goat. He was kicking up a fuss LOL silly things

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7 Feb
0804 Song Sparrow 1
0814 Stellar Jay 3
0828. Northern Flicker 1
0833. Darkeyed Junco's 8
0906 House Finch both a male and female
0914 Blackcapped Chickadee 2
1129 Chestnut backed Chickadee's 4

I took Dalhouise for his walk around 0930 for 65 minutes at the pond in the rain.. I must had been funny looking with camera and binoculars hanging around my neck with a Hugh bright umbrella keeping the steady rain off of me -- and my Dalhouise in his bright red rain coat on as well.. Anyways I recorded in my field note book ..
A Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, two American Dippers, a flock of Mallards ducks about six of them, two Hooded Mergansers and two immature Common Goldeneyes ..
I heard a Bald Eagle but could not spot it ..

So that is my day in the rain..



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I looked up your surf scoter. What a neat looking bird. You certainly get a great variety there. We have almost no water here so seeing water fowl is a treat.


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Today it rained heavy all day... Dalhouise still needed to get out so I took him back to the beach. He ran and I drove the car, I did get a 20 minuted walk in though.. At the beach I counted at least 85 Common Goldeneyes,
2 Common Mergansers
2 Surf Scoters
2 Barrows Goldeneyes
------ it was heavy heavy heavy rain...

At my Condo feeder..
0826 Stellar Jay 3
0833 Black capped Chickadee's 3
0834 Darkeyed Junco's 9
0836 Chestnut backed Chickadees 5
0839 Song Sparrow 1

Later when I drove to camp for a visit I seen four Bald Eagles perched over the river.




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Coming from Ontario - I agree seeing the first Robins always to me meant that Spring was not far behind.. Here in BC this does not hold the same truth as I think we are in forever Spring.
However to see more and more lately indicates that Spring is basically upon us.

3 February birds at my feeder
0832 - Song Sparrow -- 1 -- later at 1202 I had two
0833 - Cestnut backed Ckickadee - 4
0835 - Black cap Chickadee - 3
0853 - Darkeyed Junco - 6
0909 - Spotted Towhee - 1
0947 - Stellar Jay - 3





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I can't wait for the Robins to get back. They usually show up toward the end of the month. You have such a wide variety of birds there :)

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2 February
Sitting in my cushioned armchair watching the birds outside I recorded in my Fieldnote book
0830 - Black capped Chickadee's -- 3
0832 - Song Sparrow. - 1
0858 - Stellar Jays - 3
0928 - Darkeyed Junco's - 8
1005 - Northern Flicker - 1
1225 - House Finch - male - 1
1228 - six or seven Robins sitting in the tree across the highway
1228 - Chestnut backed Chickadee's -
1509 - Spotted Towhee - 1

I don't include the crows or Ravens flying overhead nor the flock of Canadian Geese



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I had a head on car collision when I had all my chickens, pigeons, ducks. I was in hospital for one and half months and then bed ridden for another nine. During this time. My daughter came to live with me with two very small grandchildren.. A long storey ...
Anyways to make a interesting story very short.. She left the doors open at night and one by one they were eaten by I suspect raccoons or foxes. So I lost all



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We get possum and racoon in the barn. We had to start over with chicks last year because our flock was pretty decimated.
Sighting? Rough Legged, snowy owls, hearing great-horned owls. Actually they're pretty quiet now. Chicks are probably hatched. Waiting to get some red polls at the feeder-Wisconsin

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Chickens are feathered T-Rex they are brutal for sure.My guineas used to pick off the chicks right from under there mom's .
The circle of life continues here all the time. The coyotes made a run through last night. They made off with one of my roosters. I used to have over 100 birds. I really like them . I am however so tired of fighting mother nature.I will have to do a head count tonight but am thinking I am down to 12 birds now.I have not added any new birds in over 2 years.It is just a matter of time before I have none. I used to sell eggs. Between the feed cost and the predators I am done. I closed my business at the end of December .I am going to miss them chasing me around the yard. They are like stalkers .

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The cycle of life... I had chickens once. A little bantam and then some 24 large red ones. I started off with a rooster too for the bantam. But he escaped and never returned. But before this happened I had a cluster of eggs that she hatched on her own... I was given a pair from a farmer near my work at the time.. She must not have been a good mother they all disappears eventually but befor they did they were cute little chicks.
The one event I recall was when the little chick left mom and squeezed through the fenced into the large chickens domain... The furry and squacks that began and the horrible death I witnessed. I ran into the pen so fast but it was too late. This one hen was tossing the little chick all over the place before I could save it. What a horrible memory it left me.



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My hawk visited yesterday and took one of the two remaining pullets I had wandering around with the hen.Then hen started out with 6 chicks .The Hawk I believe is a rough leg. She raised her chick out back where we got to watch her teaching it. Very cool . up to a point LOL

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31 January .. I slept in today so my watching did not begin till 0830
900 - Blackcap Chickadee. 3
900 -Cestnut back Chickadee 3
904 - Song Sparrow 1
904 - Darkeyed Junco's 9

Went outside to walk Dalhouise and seen an American Robin near the entrance door.
We continued to hike around the " Pond" where I heard an Bald Eagle but could not spot it. I think it is on the other side of the highway. But I did see a Crow, Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, an American Dipper. And a pair of Common Mergansers, ( F/M)
Walk was from 1005 to 1145

Once I came home three Stellar Jays announced their arrival before I seen them with loud squawks to get the peanuts I leave out for them.

Now the day is almost done and I am still having a constant visit of Junco's and Chickadee's and my none lone Song Sparrow hang around eating.



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30 January ... From my fieldnote book
0804 Darkeyed Junco. 8
0814 Song Sparrow 1
0818 Blackcap Chickadee
0818 Chestnut backed Chickadee

-- then it was a drive to Surrey - geocaching - lunch - visiting friends and a stop along side the road to take pictures of ducks on a small pond.. Especially I noticed some were not the common Mallards... But. American Wigeon.
Not a first for me but certainly a happy sighting



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That would be so sad if they were killed. I imagine a lot of birds and animals are killed because of there destructive habits :(

I had to laugh. I seriously had no idea what it was the first time I saw one. My mom told me. It was huge .She had been living in Florida fro some time. They nested in her yard for a while,and would visit her bird bath for a drink of water. They were very interesting. That area had been pretty developed since those days . I am not sure if they still visit her or not.
I had some that would visit me as well. They were more flighty then hers. But still a smile would come when I would here them or see them

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Humor - the first time I seen one was when I was in my late teens.. I was so excited.. I thought I seen the extinct Ivory-Billed ...
Later my excitement changed when I realized it was a Pileated not the extinct one..
But I agree, getting a picture is so difficult .. The last time I saw one was two years ago now at camp, it had landed at an old stump just outside the eating area door.. Once again I didn't have my camera with me ... What a missed opportunity ...

I don't know... I can not prove anything.. But I have suspions that the camp may had killed some - like I said, I often heard them pecking away at the climbing wooden poles - they can compromise the integrity and safety of the poles endangering the climbers...

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We are fortunate that those woodpeckers are around year round and I see one monthly. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Downeys are my favorite ones I think they are the cutest things. We have one that comes to the feeder at the office when it is really cold.

Taking a deep breath......

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It has been along time since I have seen one - pleats woodpecker - I know we have these around here but.. At camp they use to peck on our climbing poles... This can be a problem..
I hear them in the summer but now it is winter and I don't go to camp.. Soon enough



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We had those wood peckers in Florida. They are amazing !

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Today my great finds were a pileated woodpecker and lots of Canada geese

Taking a deep breath......

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We get Roufus humming birds here. We call them the Nectar Nazis because they are so selfish and mean to all the others .They are little sky terrors !

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I agree Squamish has certain beautiful attributes. As I travel I also see each place has its own beauty as well. But Squamish is one of those places with an extra measure of beauty.

29 January bird sightings
0753 - Stellar Jay - 3
0812 - Northern Flicker -1
0818 - Darkeyed Junco - 1. Later six
0818 - Song Sparrow - 1
1059 - Black cap Chickadee
1059 - Chestnut backed Chickadee
1526 - Humming bird - mostly likely a Ruffous or it could be Anna. But most likely Rufous

During my walks I seen Mallard Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Canadain Geese



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I was looking at some pictures of Squamish.It is gorgeous there. Our humming birds won't be back until late March early April . They are so much fun to watch.

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I am so excited.. A Hummingbird came to the Condo... Looked at my sunflower feeder for a minute then flew on..
It is the first one I ve seen here in Squamish.
I guess I should put up a feeder here at the Condo



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To answer the question - Yes.
Bird sightings 28 January
Condo feeder....
0748 One Song Sparrow
0759. Three stellar Jays
- nothing else came so at 0830 to 0915 I walked Dalhouise around the "pond"
Seen..
Bald Eagles 2
Mallard Ducks 4
American Dipper 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Belted Kingfisher 1

Then it was time to drive to Burnaby Lake and feed the birds there - I have not yet made a list of these.. I need to look at my photos and identify correctly
But there are many to add to my days listing in my field notebook


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Sounds like another great day . Did you see the owl in the same area both times?I could see this is where the journal might prove handy

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26 January bird sightings
Condo -
0821 - Northern Flicker
0821 - Stellar Jay. Three of them..
0834 - Song Sparrow
0931 - Dark-eyed Junco's

Walk 1030 to 1200 noon - Willow Park, thenPond, Mamquam River Dyke
- Mallard Ducks
- Great Blue Heron
- Gulls
- Bald Eagles -- I counted 16 today
- American Dipper
- Canadian Geese

Bike ride in the afternoon 1345 hr to 1630 hr riding from Condo to downtown Squamish along the estuary trail over to the beach and back through town to home
- Northern Pygmy Owl ......
- Bufflehead Ducks
- Mallards Ducks
- Canadian Geese
- Great Blue Heron
- Dark-eyed Junco's
-- I heard a Red Wing Blackbird song but I could not spot it

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Today's sightings
0815 hr Dark-eye Junco's come to feeder
I hear crows cawing but can not see any, sound like there are a lot of them
0831 hr House Finche - one comes to the feeder but I see six or more in the tree next to our kitchen window that do not come to the feeder

0830 to 0930 hr in go for a walk with Dalhouise through Willow Park and around the Pond.
I see as I walk Starlings, Crows, Junco's, Stellar Jay, Common Merganser,
Mallard Ducks, Bald Eagles.





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Congrats! Owls are awesome :)

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Today I get to add another lifer to my list .... On the way home from looking for a Geocache I seen an owl when I had stopped the car to take a picture of an eagle. I could not belive my eyes - my heart almost stopped... Right over my head to my right was a Northern Pygmy Owl
Waiting for me to take pictures



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I was shopping - No my wife was shopping and I was walking around the neighbourhood when only a few feet in front of me two Pine Siskins landed on the ground to have a little drink in the puddle. I got a good picture then later at home I was able to find them in one of my bird Field guides
Pine Siskins. Wow ... Another lifer for me.



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I worked this morning . Then drove up into the mountains for my PT appointment .Once home I took care of a few things around the house then took the dogs for a walk out on the BLM land .There were plenty of birds at the feeders today and they were super happy I refilled their feeders :)

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Where. Or what is the rest of our team doing these days??
I am blessed to be off work right now- and so I am making the most of it.
Today I sat at the Condo - walked two hours and then in the afternoon rode my bike two hours.

Condo.
0822 Darkeyed Junco's. 7
0845 Song Sparrow 1
Nothing else came...

1005 to 1215 I went for a walk with Dalhouise along the Manquam Dyke trails between ( golf course and Manquam River )
I counted over 45 eagles.... And I was able to get the best pictures ever of some very close.
Great Blue Heron
Mallards
Bufflehead ducks
Common Mergansers
American Dipper - got some very good pictures of these also - it was posing for me.

Bike ride from 1400 to 1600 hr
Bike ride into downtown Squamish and along the Squamish Terminals road and along Nexen Beach. It was here I seen a green bird - got a picture but it was extremely difficult to do so.. and it is identified as a Ruby-crown Kinglet --- my lifter
As I rode and stopped I seen
Canadian Geese
Mallard ducks
a Great Blue Heron
Buffleheads ducks
Junco's
Chickadee's
And unknown gulls to me

So I am very pleased with myself.. Exercising and birding success

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I went out again... Just can't seem to stay indoors.
Sitting in my soft comfy chair in the Condo I began my recording in my journal of today's visitors ...
0827 - 1 Black cap Chickadee
0859 - 1 Darkeyed Junco
0924 - 1 Stellar Jay. Then at 0926hr 3 came
0932 - 1 male House Finch
0940 - 1 female House Finch
At the same time several Junco's suddenly appeared
1012 - 1 Song Sparrow

Then it was time to walk Dalhouise... On my return i asked my wife if she wanted to go shopping.... Of course she does ... Silly me ... After paying for the things she picked out.. We drove to the Richmond Nature Park.. Geocaching and Birding and Hiking all at once what a great afternoon..
A little disappointing on the bird sightings at first as I get the same birds at my feeder at home.
However soon to my delight I seen my first ever Fox Sparrow..
And I am able to take several pictures of a Downey Woodpecker.

My sighting at the feeders ...
House Finch - Junco's - Spottd Towhee's - Song Sparrows - Downey Woodpeckers - Fox Sparrows,
Squirrels... And I seen a hummingbird in the distance.

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Sounds like another great day in BC.


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For a day that had been forecasts as rain I sure seen a lot of sunshine.
Condo sightings
0820 Black cap Chickadee 2
0822 Song Sparrow 1
0826 Darkeyed Junco only one until 0844 when 6 others joined
0837 Spotted Towhee

Walk to the park I seen 7 Crows, 16 Starlings, 2 Spotted Towhee's and heard but did not see a singing Meadowlark

Bike riding later I seen 5 Bald Eagles, Mallards,

Later during a car/ walk I seen Buffleheads, Cormorants and some Gulls

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Sand hill cranes are amazing .They have a festival in November for them a couple of hours from here. I am glad the people wait for them too.

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They are Painted Buntings I have in the yard and haven't gotten any good pictures because I'm in my back porch and looking through the screening.

We have had lots of Sandhill Cranes in the area and you should see how they stop traffic while they walk across the road. I'm really glad people wait for them instead of running them over.

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We're you able to get a picture of the blue buntings? That would be pretty amazing



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I am hoping this year to get to see a blue bird.. Last year I heard of the environment group here seeing some but I never was able to go seek it out.. I hope they return and I that I have the opportunity to go..

Today at my feeder
I have four of my regular species coming in for a bite
0820. Black cap chickadee 3
0821 Song Sparrow 1
0825 Spotted Towhee 1
0826 Darkeyed Junco 5
1215 Stellar Jay 3

On my bike ride I drove past a pond with 6 Mallard ducks and 1 Bufflehead duck. That was all I could seen in the pond. I seen a total of 4 Bald Eagles at different locations, 2-3 Crows and a couple of Ravens.


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All of your sightings sound wonderful. I have never seen a painted bunting.I love to see a new bird and have the chance to figure out what it is. Thank you both for sharing your Sightings with us :)

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I love reading about all your sightings and seeing your beautiful pictures.
I don't have the time I would like, to devote to watching for more birds, but that makes the ones that I do see even more precious to me.
The other day I was actually sitting on my back porch and saw three male Painted Buntings, they really made my day. I have seen three females and one male pretty regularly, but three males were just awesome.
The goldfinches seem to be coming to the feeders a little more regularly as well, which also makes me happy.
Thanks again for all the sightings and pictures....


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I can not keep it up - nevertheless yesterday was another great day to be out..
At the condo before I left I had 1 Song Sparrow, 2 Black cap Chickadee's, 1 Stellar Jay and
4 Darkeyed Junco's at my feeder.

Then it was to Stanley Park for a stroll on the Seawall
I seen more than what I can identify and more than what I took pictures of...
I can assuredly say I seen
Black Oystercatchers - Surf Scoter - White wing Scoter - Common Goldeneye - Barrows Goldeneye - Mallard Ducks - Buffleheads.
I seen Cormorants also - I thought were Double Crested but on my Facebook page I was told that they were Pelagic Cormorants ... My picture is not refine enough for me to make that distinguishment... But the person making the correction hSmseen these there himself so I will go with his wisdom...



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When I lived in NJ I knew all the birds that came to my feeders. I would sit and count the markings on the sparrows and finches to figure every one. Out here in NM they are all new. I have never really been able just to sit and do that. I now a few of the birds that show up. They are very hard to see here because they all blend in .:/ Maybe I am just getting old and blind LOL

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Seeing a Western Meadowlark two times in one day is a blessed day. As I posted in my blog my first sighting was without the camera ... Then a couple of hours later I went out again hoping for the best. I spotted it in the meadow that is no more, but houses...

At my feeder I am getting my regulars Junco's - Chickadee's - Song Sparrow - Spotted Towhee
But missing the other four species that present themselves often



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That sounds like a very happy day in my world:) Thanks for sharing with us :)

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I would call today successful. I hope and think my intake of food has been more healthy and portioned correct and I sighted 14 species of birds.
At my condo I seen 3 Black-capped Chickadee's, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Stellar Jays, 6 Darkeyed Junco's, 1 European Starling, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Spotted Towhee.
In a tree just a few feet from the condo balcony I had an American Robin perched looking over at me.
Then I went for a walk at the Estuary. Here is seen a Variety Thrush, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Mallard Ducks, Canadian Geese, a Great Blue Heron, and more Stellar Jays.
On my trip home Bald Eagles were perched in trees along the road
So it was a good day

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I have been keeping a field notebook with me now on a regular base, when I go out hiking, walking, even driving and especially when I am sitting in front of the TV and balcony door of the condo. On the balcony - third floor of the condo between two busy roads... I have 8 species of birds coming to eat.
On 4 January a very heavy snowfall day I sat inside and watched
2 House Finches
2 House Sparrows
12 Junco's
2 Towhees
1 Northern Flicker
4 European Starlings
2 Stellar Jay's
2 Black capped Chickadee's - there were many more but only two would come to my feeder at any given time - the others were perched in a tree just out of eye sight of my viewing area




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Is any one here involved with the Feeder Watch project from the Cornel Lab of Ornithology



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Enjoyed sighting two birds today while hiking at Alice Lake. An Variety Thruss and an Ammerican Dipper



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This morning I had my first European Starling come vist my feeders, several Juncos, a Northern Flicker and Chickadees



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Today when I walked Dalhouise I seen more than ten Bald Eagles but I would say less than twenty.
An American Dipper, a Blue Heron, Lesser Canada Geese, Hooded Mergansers, Mallard ducks, and a Belted Kingfisher



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I went to the coast hoping to sight some birds... I was so surprised - nothing was around except a couple of crows. Then I noticed some birds sitting on a rock so walking along the ocean shore to get closer my excitement grew. They were not just any ducks - I thought Mallards since they are so common here.. They turned out to be Harlequin Ducks. Beautiful colouring



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Another rainy day and so I sit I. The chair and look out the window. I am not alone - the feeders on my balcony are having many visitors. A flicker - three stellar Jays - house finch- chicks dees- juncos and the towhee. Not bad for living on the third floor of the condo next to a busy highway

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Today when I was out walking I observed ducks, geese, chickadees, and the bald eagle both mature and immature ( or was it a golden eagle ). And I seen a loon but I can't identify which species.



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Great! I'd love to see the picture. I hope your neighbor is more careful with his little dog.

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Back to the owl sighting - last night I spoke to the neighbour that lives on the ground floor right in front of the sign post where the owl sat.. He said th night before it had swooshed down just missing his little dog.
He also told me that he was able to get a good picture of it as it landed in the tree near the condo entrance doorway. He said he would email it to me this morning some time... I hope he does then I should be able to confirm what type of owl for sure.



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Yes, it is always sad to see so much natural habitat being taken away, we can only continue to try and provide food and shelter for the birds and animals and try to help them out.


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Looking in the field guide I would guess it is / was the spotted owl.

This morning while taking Dalhouise out for his morning business I seen two western meadow larks. At first I was not sure as I could see no yellow. However the beak, the stripped back and the call was clear and so when I checked the iPad app and listened too the call from it - there is no mistake.
I am sadden - in the last two years there was an empty plot of land - very natural with grasses - across the street is the playground for the neighbourhood kids. Well in the last two years they have built four large houses on this plot of land. Two a year it seems... And so I now wonder where are these meadowlarks nesting and making home. The first time I spotted these were last year - they are still here but I don't know why or how...



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Wow, that is wonderful. What kind of owl do you think it was?

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I can hardly believe it. Last night when I took Dalhouise out for his bed time business there was an owl just sitting on the sign by the entrance to the condo. I was so disappointed that I could not take pictures but at least I saw it



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Today at the pond I spotted a pair of hooded mergansers swimming.
Then to top this off an American dipper was bobbing about - actually a pair of these I watched for awhile



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Had a white-throated sparrow in the yard tonight. KC, KS.

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Yes indeed, get those feeders out and look for all the beautiful birds to come.

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I walked around the pond today and didn't see any Eagles oe Ducks or other common birds for the area. In return home - sitting in my lazyboy chair looking out thenthird floor balcony I see chickadees, house finches, stellar jays, a flicker, dark eye junco and a huge raven stopped to take a look at me as well. I guess I should get the feeders up



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Carolina wren, which is rare in my backyard.

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8/5/14 9:11 P

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Tapping on your window, that's cute. We have Scrub Jays that let us know when they are out of Peanuts. They are very vocal lol.

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8/5/14 7:28 P

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That is great to hear, I'll keep my eyes open for them - haven't seen yesterday or today.
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Peg when I first put my feeders out several years ago, I had a couple of titmice that were very shy, but they will warm up to you if you keep watching them. Mine actually come and sit on the window ledge now, and peck on the window if the feeder runs low (due to squirrels stealing the seed!)

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Had two Tufted Titmice at my feeders on Sun. but they were very shy, once I went out to watch them they disappeared emoticon Hope they come back again, that was the first time I ever saw them in my backyard.


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Lucky you. We looked for Hawks today, didn't see one. Might be to hot though, so only saw the birds in my yards. Sparrows, Finches, Starlings, Doves, Ravens.

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Hi Team,
On the way to dinner tonight saw a Bald Eagle sitting on top of a utility pole - AWESOME!
The perfect ending to a great day!

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Thank you Wekimer
I sure appreciate it.
I never see it just hear it.
This is going to sound weird, but I noticed it 14 yrs ago when my mom passed. I hear it every so often. Even though we moved not far from our old house.
Then last Friday a neighbor had passed& before going to the cemetart... I heard it plain as day.
I hear it threw out the summer.
I am in Ohio.
Was'nt sure where I could find the bird at? My husband& friend is hard of hearing so they think I crazy. Lol
Again I appreciate your help.
I posted a few pictures of the same bird I caught out my window for a challange on the Shutterbugs team. He has a big fat worm.
I'll post to my page. Usually we post to flickr for the challanges.
Have a great week, Susie

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Susie, not sure what bird you have that says I am here. sounds like something I should know but can't place it. IF I heard it in person, maybe. I learned the common birds just by getting bird books out of the library and whenever I saw a bird, I didn't know I looked it up until I found it. Some birds look a lot alike so it can be hard when it comes to some sparrows and wrens etc. I can't always tell them apart.
I have a book a friend gave me called the songbirds bible that has a CD with it with 100 of the most common bird songs. I'll have to listen to it and let you know. In the meantime, maybe your local library might have one too. kim

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Hi everyone,
I don't know much about bird's names( although would like to learn). I live by a State Park.... More birds & all wildlife almost.
My question is Does anyone know of a bird that when it sings it literally sounds like it is saying I am hereI am here?
I have even at our old house a few miles away. Dh hasn't heard it yet so he thinks I am crazy. Even my neighbor thinks that, but both of them are hard of hearing.
Well just thought I 'd ask.
Thanks& nice to meet you all.
Love taking pics of them.
Joined shutterbugs& Flickr to post some.
Nice to meet you all.
Take care. Susie

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In my backyard, doves, jays, woodpeckers, cardinals, house finches, cowbirds, catbirds, crows, ravens, humming birds, red breasted grosbeaks.
Along the highway heading home, I spotted a pair of bald eagles flying circles over the interstate. So pretty, I had to stop my car and watch them. kim

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Colorful day!!

House Finches, House Sparrows, Cassin Finch, Crows, Ravens, Scrub Jays, two types of Doves.

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Today I have 4 Indigo buntings, numerous orioles, a cowbird, 2 cardinals, a raven, some doves, Over the weekend, I saw a bald eagle and a new-to-me bird: a Tree Swift. Irridescent blue green on the head and shoulders, with a white belly and very small bill. Pretty cool! kim

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I have 4 Baltimore Orioles and 1 Orchard Orioles this year. I can't recall the last time I had one in my yard. I even had a Catbird today. emoticon

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They must have told their friends. Today we have 5 Orioles. I think they are so pretty. No Bullock's Orioles here. Wish I could see them. kim

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Our Orioles showed up at the feeders today . We have Bullock's out here :)

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We get red wing blackbirds and goldfinches all the time. I put out Nyjer ( thistle seed) and get 40 goldfinches at a time.
Yesterday was my first sighting of a Baltimore Oriole here and 2 red breasted grosbeaks. I had seen them although rare at my old house in PA but since i moved to NY 2 years ago, these were the first I had seen. Probably migrating thru. kim

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we are now getting several goldfinch feeding now


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