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season by season in British Columbia's central interior



Updated: 2017-10-26T02:25:17.084-07:00

 



Young Merlin

2017-07-28T13:08:59.847-07:00





Fritillary

2017-06-27T08:15:36.580-07:00

a brush-footed butterfly 





Painted Lady

2017-06-20T13:41:11.923-07:00

A recent arrival to the garden 





Northern Flicker

2017-05-14T18:12:33.690-07:00

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





Hum, Hum, Hummingbird

2017-05-03T13:10:13.666-07:00

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






A Flock of Sparrows

2017-04-30T10:07:07.692-07:00

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

2017-02-27T15:49:33.661-08:00


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.)



Companions

2017-02-26T12:48:01.156-08:00

Two Bald Eagles perched in a favourite tree



Bald Eagle at Sinkut Lake

2017-02-22T16:21:01.205-08:00





Mule Deer

2017-02-12T13:07:58.714-08:00



Sunny, windy, +5℃



On a Drowsy Afternoon

2017-02-04T15:16:08.645-08:00

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






Deer Family Foraging on the Hillside

2017-01-17T15:29:55.337-08:00

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

2017-01-16T09:00:05.925-08:00

 Toadstool

 Dino

Twizzle

Snake



A Sunny Morning

2017-01-15T12:49:59.067-08:00


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

2017-01-11T16:10:19.061-08:00




A Cold Day 
-16°C in the afternoon



Season's Greetings

2016-12-24T11:15:45.516-08:00









Ruffed Grouse

2016-12-18T13:07:36.820-08:00





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

2016-12-17T10:23:26.644-08:00

  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

2016-12-07T16:15:44.531-08:00


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)

2016-12-01T10:07:52.519-08:00





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

2016-12-01T10:07:29.330-08:00




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

2016-11-30T10:45:54.273-08:00


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

2016-10-15T13:31:39.132-07:00


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

while looking up to check for predators every few seconds.



Snowfall

2016-10-14T09:56:56.398-07:00

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.