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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #120 on: July 07, 2018, 08:26:19 AM »
That is really, really neat.  Thanks for sharing Booni
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #121 on: July 19, 2018, 07:33:41 AM »

i took a peek at the Barn Swallow Nest & it appeared that an adult is incubating again!
The fledglings were still nearby, making begging sounds.
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #122 on: July 19, 2018, 08:47:15 PM »
Busy Mama bird!     :nod2
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #123 on: July 22, 2018, 09:48:41 AM »
 
i get cats visiting my yard, stalking my Birds & jumping up into the Bird feeder, grrr...
i have all these do-dads around the base of the feeder so that they can*t get their footing to jump up.
The Robins let me know when they are around.
This morning it was 5:30 am, sigh, so i went out & rattled around to scare off the cat  til the Robins got quiet again.
Yesterday i heard them alarming in the back of my yard so i went out to see what was going on.
They were further back than i could get to & i heard Crows, so perhaps that is why they were upset, this time.
i went to the side to try to go deeper into the back & out of the corner of my eye i saw a tiny Bird that i flushed by my presence.
i looked up & realized i must have flushed a Pacific-slope Flycatcher from her Nest!
i have a Cedar Tree that someone has stripped a section of the bark from.
i had a fantasy that the First Nations who visited the Island years ago had done this, but a First Nations person who knows these things said the strip was likely taken in the 70s.
Anyway, i have twice had Pacific-slope Flycatchers nesting in the bottom of the strip.

july 26 2013 12:24 - female Pacific Slope Flycatcher on Nest



These eggs are TINY!
Not much bigger than a raisin.



This is what i found when i checked the Nest a few days later the first time.
That looks like blood on the stripped part of the Tree there, to me.

august 18 2013 16:17 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher Nest in Cedar Tree



i found all these feathers, still in sheaths, at the base of the Nest.
Perhaps a Bird of prey got them?

august 18 2013 16:22 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher Nestling feathers



Here are the hatchlings from last year, three of them.

june 26 2017 12:47 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher nestlings



This is what a found the next time i checked this Nest.
The Nest is all dragged open down the Tree, & is empty of the lovely fledglings.

june 30 2017 17:38 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher Nest



Perhaps this was done by a cat?
So i am going to put some things around the base of the Tree to make it hard for a cat to jump up, same way i have around my feeder.

Last evening i returned to the Nest, & took this foto from far away.
Even from that distance i could see the tail sticking up from the Nest.
Here is the lovely female incubating!

i have definitely been seeing these Birds in my garden this year, but had no idea where they were nesting.
This is likely their second Nest of the year.
They are funny when they visit my Bird fountain!
The kinda dip into the water on the fly, then land on a branch, then dip into the water another few times, never landing & bathing, always dipping on the wing.

july 21 2018 17:05 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher female incubating



The same year as that Nest got invaded, i had had a lovely time discovering these Birds nesting under the eaves of my house.
i had never seen them before!
There are tons of pictures of them here.
 
Tons of videos on my youtube channel, too, & i posted on the forum about them that year too.

Here are my forum posts about the year they nested under my eaves.
There are pages & pages of posts, fotos & videos to enjoy there.
Prepare to be enthralled by these lovely Birds!
& wish the new Nest luck.
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #124 on: July 23, 2018, 06:58:19 PM »
 
Spotted this lovely coming to my Bird fountain yesterday evening & knew they were someone i hadn*t see before.
 
july 22 2018 18:32 - Black-throated Gray Warbler
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #125 on: July 27, 2018, 10:17:54 PM »
On Monday I started clearing an area at the back of my house for a better place to store my boats.
I moved an old pile of lumber, then left the area for a while.
When I returned, I saw from the other side of the fence a Swainson's Thrush flying low toward where the wood pile had been.
So that gave me a chance to get my camera and to approach with good cover.
I stood just past the end of the fence and clicked away for several minutes while this thrush foraged around the area I had cleared.

Looks like a nice big spider in the thrush's beak here, maybe more than one.
There's also a bit of dried grass that got stuck too.
I figured that this bird would soon take off to go feed all this to some nestlings or fledglings.
Perching on the handle of my loppers right now.
Click to enlarge, or don't click if the sight of spider legs sticking out a bird's beak might be a problem for you... :hide
July 23, 1:08 pm



Bird continued foraging, however.
Can a bird swallow its own meal while holding a large spider for later?
Seems we're just storing more spiders and grubby things here, really.
1:09







1:10



Four minutes of foraging.
Think that's a full load yet?
I warned you about clicking to enlarge...
1:12


Meanwhile my jaw is on the ground because that's my closest and longest sighting of a Swainson's Thrush ever.
Those photos are hardly cropped at all.

Five minutes.
Back to the lopper handles after a few circuits around the area.
This is the load this thrush took back to young ones. Lucky them!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #126 on: July 29, 2018, 09:23:36 AM »
 
i was hearing what i thought were Cedar Waxwings in what i believe is a Wild Cherry Tree which the Birds seem to love.
Of course they are little Birds & they are FAST, so hard to photograph.
It seemed like perhaps a tiny Bird was feeding a BIG Bird!
This was the first Bird i was able to photograph, a fledgling, who hasn*t even grown their tail yet!
 
july 25 2018 11:38 - Song Sparrow fledgling
 


Then there was THIS big Bird, being fed by a smaller one.
Aha!

july 27 2018 17:48 - fledgling Cowbird
 

 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYtbX1W0zI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYtbX1W0zI</a>

Then there was THIS one.
Such variety!

july 27 2018 17:52 - fledgling Spotted Towhee
 


& this lovely tiny Bird with some kind of red insect in their beak.
i believe this is the one who was feeding the Cowbird, but can*t be sure.

july 27 2018 17:54 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 


How can you help but love this little sweetie!  :heart


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #127 on: August 02, 2018, 08:41:53 AM »
 
Wooohooooo!
Fingers crossed!
This picture does NOT show how tiny these eggs are.
Smaller than a jelly bean, & rounder.
 
august 1 2018 09:33 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher eggs
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #128 on: August 02, 2018, 10:12:36 PM »
They sure look larger!    :investigate2
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #129 on: August 06, 2018, 07:50:01 AM »
 
As i approached the Nest yesterday, i could see no female on the Nest incubating!
& it looks like a cat has jumped up & pulled the Nest apart at the front!
Hard to see in this mix of light & dark, but you can see the nice tidy Nest is pulled down in the front.
 
august 5 2018 09:51 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher Nest
 


Perhaps one egg is missing?
But phew & yay!
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #130 on: August 16, 2018, 07:55:26 AM »
 
A quick peek at the nestling!
 
august 10 2018 12:32 - Pacific-slope Flycatcher nestling
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #131 on: August 16, 2018, 06:47:10 PM »
Yay!   :eclove
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #132 on: August 17, 2018, 03:26:19 AM »
Whatever messed up the nest has apparently not hurt that baby! Wonderful. 👍❤️

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #133 on: August 17, 2018, 09:11:42 AM »
So tiny thank you booni!

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018
« Reply #134 on: September 15, 2018, 08:31:40 AM »
 
They were having a work party in the dark room (there is no electricity in the building now) of the Natural History Center, removing items to store in a container while the School is being rebuilt after the fire there.
This lovely was spotted on one of the fence posts of the childrens* garden!
i posted fotos to a Bug Identification Group on facebook, & got an instant reply as to what this is.
 
september 13 2018 13:42 -  Black Swallowtail Butterfly chrysalis
 

 

 

 
 
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