Backyard Birds

Tell Me A Story | October 2018

We have had quite an unusual Autumn this year, with three heavy snowfalls to date.  Amounts of the wet heavy wet snow have been anywhere from 3-8 inches during these snow falls.  Luckily, the snow has melted in between, and the temperatures have returned to seasonal averages, at this time.  The big disappointment has been the lack of all those glorious Autumn colors, as the foliage changes each year.  With the heavy snow and freezing, most the leaves have fallen still in their green state.

So, this year, I passed on taking the annual Autumn road trip out west to photograph Autumn in all its splendour.  I have been sticking pretty close to home, and have cultivated an interest in “Birding”.   I have been more mindful of the different bird species that visit my own backyard.   I  was quite surprised how many different species are here and those that pass through and stop in during migration this time of year.

The birds who have visited my backyard this month:  Black-capped Chickadee, Purple House Finch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White Crowned Sparrow, Blue Jay, Downey Woodpecker,  American Goldfinch,  Red-breasted Grosbeak, White-throated Sparrow, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, and American Robin.

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Blue Jay

Tell Me A Story | September 2018

Mid-month, my yard was suddenly a flurry of activity from a large number of Blue Jays.  They would take turns coming into the bird feeder, which is nicely located close to my back deck.  They were quite skittish, mind you, and I had to sit patiently and quietly for quite some time to get the photos. I love how expressive they can be, with their posturing, and little facial expressions.

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Every month I participate in a blog circle with a group of photographers to tell a story for that month…
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North Pacific Cannery

Tell Me A Story | August 2018

Port Edward, BC

The North Pacific Cannery is a collection of wooden, tin-roofed buildings spread along a tidal river bank and connected by a series of boardwalks.  Dozens of mullioned windows set high under the eaves stream a soft, filtered light on to a scene of painted canning machinery, draped fishing nets, and artifact displays that depict working life on the coast.  It is a beautifully rustic and evocative place to spend a few hours wandering about as a visitor.

The North Pacific Cannery has been designated as a National Historic Site in 1985.  It is one of the last canneries still standing on the northwest coast.   It was built in 1889, and accounted for 25% of BC’s total salmon pack in 1891.  The workforce was multicultural; Japanese, Chinese, First Nations, and Europeans.  They all lived on site.  It was the longest running cannery on the coast. Operations stopped in the 1970’s.

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Every month I participate in a blog circle with a group of photographers to tell a story for that month…
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Tell Me A Story | July 2018

American Goldfinch

Such a delight to have these cheerful tiny birds grace the bird feeders during the summer.  I have these really hideous Mugo Pines in the yard that I would love to have removed.  But, the songbirds often perch on the very tips of the pines as they patiently await their turns at the nearby feeders.  On this day, I was fortunate to capture the vibrate male, as well as the less colourful female as they each waited their turns at the feeder.webgoldfinch2

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Every month I participate in a blog circle with a group of photographers to tell a story for that month…
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Tell Me A Story | June 2018

Creepy Crawlies
The season of the forest tent caterpillar is upon us.

Forest tent caterpillar have only one generation per year. That’s great as once these caterpillars are gone,  there will be no more forest tent caterpillars this season. Caterpillars hatch from an egg band laid the previous year and hatch about the same time the aspen buds are expanding in late April and early May. These caterpillars or larva will feed on tree leaves and other leaves until they are about 2.5 inches long. This usually takes until around mid June. The next stage in the development of this pest is a rest phase called pupation. This is where the larva spins a cocoon. They do this wherever they can.

 Inside that cocoon, the amazing transformation of a leaf eating larva to a nondescript, brown moth takes place.

After about 10 days, the moth will come out of that cocoon with only one thing on its mind. Mating. There will be lots of  brown moths if there were lots of caterpillars. The mated females lay eggs in bands around twigs and cover them with a protective coat called spumaline to help ensure the survival of the youngsters. These will hatch out next spring.  The cycle of life carries on.

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Every month I participate in a blog circle with a group of photographers to tell a story for that month…
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Where Eagles Soar

Cruising the backroads out west, we happened to come upon a nesting pair of majestic bald eagles.  The male became quite agitated as we pulled over, and flew from the nest to perch on the very top of an evergreen tree across from the nest.  He kept a keen eye on us as we watched.  The female eagle sat quietly on the nest the entire time.  We stayed just a short while observing them, as not to disturb this pair too much.

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Tell Me A Story | May 2018

Spring Has Arrived-Canada Goose

I spent a few hours at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in the first week of May and watched as the geese busily went about the business of establishing territory and nest-building. It’s such a delight to watch.   The ponds still had a layer of rapidly deteriorating ice on the surface.  This made for the most beautiful glittering channels for the geese to navigate through.

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Every month I participate in a blog circle with a group of photographers to tell a story for that month…
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Tell Me A Story | March 2018

Backyard Birds | Ruffed Grouse

As I spotted these two mottled brown birds, I knew it to be a sure sign of spring on the way.  Twice  during the year, spring and fall,  I get these visitors to my backyard.  The ruffed grouses make their way through my property, stopping to feast on the dried berries of an old wild saskatoon tree and the seeds and buds of shrubs near by.  Later in the spring, a low drumming sound will be heard as the male arches his back and beats the air with his cupped wings, producing deep, hollow booms.

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Tell Me A Story is a blog circle.  Please continue the circle by stopping by LUPJi Photography  to see what he has to share for March.