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season by season in British Columbia's central interior

Updated: 2018-02-15T21:57:14.514-08:00


Young Merlin




a brush-footed butterfly 

Painted Lady


A recent arrival to the garden 

Northern Flicker


This morning I spied a flicker foraging on the ground a short distance from the house. 

Hum, Hum, Hummingbird


looking this way and that. The male Rufous arrived about three days ago.

A Flock of Sparrows


Spring has arrived in B.C.'s central interior, and while we are still waiting for the flowers to bloom we can enjoy observing the birds that have returned along with the good weather.  This morning I watched a busy flock of White-crowned Sparrows feasting under the birch tree at the back of the house.

Bald Eagle Pair


This is the second day that I've observed the Bald Eagle pair perched in the same tree that they were in yesterday at the other end of the property.  I first saw them yesterday at 12:30 p.m., and they stayed until shortly before 6:00 p.m.  Today, they flew from the distant tree to one closer to the house with much calling and communication.  There they settled for a brief time only before one of them flew off.

"Perching Habitat"
"...eagles consistently use certain trees and even certain branches on the tree.  As much as 75 - 83% of the daylight hours may be spent on a perch.  Most perches border open areas and provide a good view of the surrounding habitat.  Exposure to the sun may also be important by helping to reduce heat loss."  source:  Status on the Bald Eagle in British Columbia, February 1994 (Wildlife Branch, Ministry of Environment, Land and Parks, Victoria, B.C.)



Two Bald Eagles perched in a favourite tree

Bald Eagle at Sinkut Lake


Mule Deer


Sunny, windy, +5℃

On a Drowsy Afternoon


A Ruffed Grouse pauses near some shrubbery for a quick nap in the sunshine.

Deer Family Foraging on the Hillside


It is overcast and raining this morning.  The deer made their way cautiously through the snow and brush, stopping often to feed. 

Along the Forest Path






A Sunny Morning


We woke up to milder temperatures this morning (-8°C).  We had two surprises. The first surprise was seeing the Red Fox again, but this time (s)he was curled up asleep farther down the hill. The second surprise was seeing this lone female Pine Grosbeak perched in the bushes.  We haven't seen the Grosbeaks for several months.     

Mule Deer Family


A Cold Day 
-16°C in the afternoon

Season's Greetings


Ruffed Grouse


A Bald Eagle Sits in the Sun Looking Out Upon a Field


  Currently -18°C

The lake has frozen over during the frigid weather,
with the exception of a small opening at the bridge
and in the river channel.

This eagle hasn't got all of his adult colouring yet. 
 I'm guessing that he is between three and four years old.  

Waxing Moon


It has been a crisp, cold, sunny day here in the interior of the province (-19°C). This picture was taken at 3:30 p.m. when a waxing moon was seen above the shining poplar and spruce trees.

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

~ William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

Red Fox (Continued)


A little while later a disturbance caused the peacefully sleeping fox to jump up in alarm.  However, the fox wasn't ready to leave yet (she was probably still tired from her night of hunting) and rolled about in the snow for a few minutes before trotting off.

Red Fox


This morning I observed, for the second time this week, a red fox asleep on the hillside below the house.  On this occasion, the fox slept quite peacefully for some time, then woke up to have a good look around and subsequently went back to sleep with its bushy tail wrapped over its nose.

Red foxes are mostly nocturnal animals.

Immature Bald Eagle


There were two eagles - the immature eagle was perched on an uppermost branch of a spruce tree, and an adult, most likely the parent, was in a spruce tree at the end of the property.  The lake hasn't entirely frozen over yet, and the river channel is open so I imagine they are still able to catch fish.  But, as winter sets in, the eagles will have to scan for other sources of food.

Chickadees at the Bird Feeder


 A chickadee busily shells a sunflower seed to get at the meat inside,

while looking up to check for predators every few seconds.



Temperature; 0°C
It was still dark when we awoke to find ourselves in the midst of winter with a light snow falling.  For a time, nothing stirred until one of the lake's Bald Eagles flew to a spruce tree at the foot of the hill and perched in its topmost branches. S(he) was obviously settling in for a while to overlook the lake.