Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Magnificent Flyer

Last weekend was sunny, so we took off to the nearby wetlands.  Many people were there, some strolling with a camera just like us,  others jogging or walking.  I noticed many Canadian Geese flying and chatting in a big flock.  Then a big bird was seen far away, which suddenly changed the course and darted towards me.  Who is that?  Through the camera lens, I could tell it is a Bald Eagle.

"Hey, you want to see me?"

 I stood still and moved the camera slowly in the direction of the flight to take a photo.

"This is the demonstration flight for you."

He was fast disappearing to the other side of the reservoir.

"See you later."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Return of Predator

Lately I had not seen a hawk, maybe because they know I hang around outside on and off.  Then as I was slowly and quietly tiptoeing back into the inside of the house, a hawk jumped onto the fence from my veggie garden area.  It was a Cooper's Hawk.  I stood still and was  ready to take quick shots.  Since I was dressed in black, he did not notice me.

"Is there any more little birdies left here?"

"I'm still hungry."

"I need to see you.  Come on over..."

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hungry for a Fish

On a dry day, I saw a rainbow due to the moisture in the air with the sun's ray.

Then I saw a Great Blue Heron landing on my neighbor's rooftop.

"I have an appetite for a fish."

"I like this little pond here.  Surely I can get one."

Later I found out this heron made a visit for three consecutive days looking for a Koi fish.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Snowy Day Visitor

It snowed on the Christmas Eve and stayed cold for a week. Some snow stayed for a while due to the low temperature.

A Varied Thrush arrived here the other day, a sign of the real cold weather.  It was pecking on the ground looking for food under the fruit trees in the backyard.

"I always stop over here when the weather gets very cold with snow."

" I am full.  It's time to go back."

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Naughty Ones

In my neighborhood, some people have chickens running around in their backyard.  No roosters are allowed within the city limits here.   One day our neighbor's chicken escaped, first jumping onto the top of the fence, walking on the top of the fence and then landing onto my backyard. 

First there was one chicken under my old fruit trees.

"I can smell the bird seeds here."

Then, two chickens got together.

"A good place to look for food."

Finally three chickens altogether landed here.

"A new playground for us."

Later, we had to ask the neighbor to pick up his naughty chickens.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Little Bird

I've been waiting for the Winter Solstice on December 21, when the day begins to be longer and lighter. 

During the winter months, one of the smallest birds, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet,  stops by.

"I am showing my crown a little today."

"I've never been close to the bird bath before."

"I always like to nibble the suet here."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunny and Cold

A clear sky for a week  means to be very cold,  around 17 degrees F (15 degrees below the freezing).  But something good happens on a nice day:    

1)  A beautiful sunrise

2)  Cooper's Hawk perched at a nearby maple tree branch for a good snapshot.

3)  A Bushtit came and said hello.

"Hi, I like your suet."