Capturing images of interesting birds doing interesting things helps defeat the Covid blues. Here are a few shots from the last few weeks.
My neighbour Miranda called me the other day quite excited by the presence of this little Northern Saw-Whet Owl in the Cedar bush by their window. Jim had seen some Magpies buzzing the bush and noticed this little beauty and scared the Magpies away. I happened to be home (big surprise I know) and ran over with my camera to get some shots. This was the first time I had seen a Northern Saw-whet Owl so I was very pleased it sat quite unfazed in the Cedar.
President Murray Park sits one block from my house and has a mono-culture of mature Spruce trees. It is a real treasure trove of bird activity all year long as residents and migrants show up regularly.
Here is a Red-breasted Nuthatch just about to down a spider.
Same species on the feeder by my back door.
Back to the park where this Brown Creeper is doing a masterful job of camouflage.
If birds had teeth this Hairy Woodpecker would need a toothbrush.
When this Spark-shinned Hawk showed up in the Burr Oak tree in my back yard all the little sparrows, Chickadees and Nuthatches disappeared.
Blue Jays love grabbing a peanut from my feeder and flying off to crack open the shell and eat the nuts inside. This one flew about 12 inches from the feeder and proceeded to work away at the shell. I happened to have my camera close by and shot this short video through the window. I slowed it down so you can see the dexterity evident in this practised manoeuvre.