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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017  (Read 16764 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: December 05, 2016, 10:13:07 AM »

 
Another rare spot of Sun & were were down at Tribune Bay again, sitting near the water on the picnic table there,just enjoying it.
This Song Sparrow was chip chip chipping at us & eating these lovely red things.
Anyone know what they are?
 
november 28 2016 13:04 - Song Sparrow eating
 

 


november 28 2016 13:04 - Song Sparrow eating
 
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« Post / Reply #16 on: December 05, 2016, 04:42:54 PM »

That's going to be one full sparrow!   nod
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« Post / Reply #17 on: December 08, 2016, 07:23:46 PM »

Looks like Hawthorn berries... Not the native Black Hawthorn but the European kind, which has naturalized in BC; there is quite a bit along the shoreline where you were I think.
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« Post / Reply #18 on: December 18, 2016, 11:52:49 AM »

 
We were out walking in a rare spot of Sun shine but it was COLD! (for here)
The Ocean had actually made ice on the shoreline!
 
december 7 2016 11:03 - iced shore of Sandpiper beach
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #19 on: December 19, 2016, 04:34:03 AM »

Wow!
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« Post / Reply #20 on: December 21, 2016, 07:57:22 PM »

 
Today i was out in the yard pulling grass out of my garden before it takes over & i heard this tap-tap-tap.
It sounded like a Chickadee opening a Sunflower seed.
i was focused on what i was doing but finally looked up to see what was causing this sound & i spotted this Bird!
It looked like they were eating from a suet feeder but i don*t hang a suet feeder any more.  puzzled
What the heck?
My hands were dirty but i grabbed my camera anyway.
 
december 21 2016 14:01 - Red-breasted Sapsucker
 


i call this Tree a Black Willow.
When the pussies come out, they are black & quite unusual.
When the Bird had left, i looked closely at the Tree & there were these designs on all the branches at about the same level!
This Bird has been busy!
You can see the area around the holes is wet compared to higher up on the branch.
 


Two holes here shaped like a heart!
 


Look how cool the talons(or whatever you call them) are!
 


The lower down holes look like they weren*t done today.
 


Supposedly other Birds benefit from feeding at these holes, so yay!
Maybe my Anna*s Hummingbirds will have something else to eat.
i saw one poking into flowering Red Currant flowers already.
 
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« Post / Reply #21 on: December 21, 2016, 08:04:57 PM »

 
december 21 2016 14:02 - Red-breasted Sapsucker
 
 
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« Post / Reply #22 on: December 21, 2016, 08:21:56 PM »

 eek! Wow makes quick work of the sapling
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« Post / Reply #23 on: December 21, 2016, 11:53:52 PM »

Great photos... never seen that bird before... beautiful... and love the ice on the shore!!! Thanks booni for sharing xoxo
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« Post / Reply #24 on: December 22, 2016, 03:50:21 PM »

He's quite an artist!
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« Post / Reply #25 on: December 23, 2016, 03:00:25 AM »

What a sweet little bird - and pretty too.  love Thank you for picking up the camera with your dirty hands Booni  eek!- I hope it is easily wiped clean again. The pecking speed is so fast that I cant tell if s/he is actually eating anything, or just searching for bugs or something, but clearly the sap is coming out onto the bark.  I hope all those holes wont damage the  shrub. When  the bird pauses, do you see any tongue? I would expect (but have no knowledge)  puzzled from the name sapsucker, that s/he would be using tongue, but didnt see that. Anyway a dear little thing,  nod and thanks for sharing. heart
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« Post / Reply #26 on: December 24, 2016, 10:26:48 AM »


jeavverhey, maybe you could try playing my video in slow-mo?
Click on the cog then change from Normal to 0.25 & maybe you will see the tongue?
The movement is so fast, that is why i did a video.

Yesterday i poked my finger into one of the fresh holes & it came out wet & when i put it on my tongue it was sweet like Hummingbird nectar!
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« Post / Reply #27 on: December 24, 2016, 10:28:44 AM »

Hahaha you tasted it!  big grin
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« Post / Reply #28 on: December 24, 2016, 12:08:59 PM »

 
This Bird was just going from branch to branch, checking holes & making new ones so i had plenty of time to set up my good camera!
Here they are taking a break from the tapping & the sucking.
 
december 21 2016 14:24 - Red-breasted Sapsucker
 


Going from site to site.
You should see all the patches of these marks on my Tree!
They are really quite lovely.
 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #29 on: December 24, 2016, 12:13:57 PM »

 
My good camera is always on a tripod so i can get nice steady videos with it.
Watch the whole Tree shake with the force of the banging!

december 21 2016 14:28 - Red-breasted Sapsucker

 
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