You can tell it’s starting to get chilly, when the chickadees start to puff out their feathers more!
Black capped chickadee, in a lilac bush.
We got a brief visit from an adult male Common Grackle.
Their faces look so angry! 😀
A Northern Flicker, visiting us early this month.
(I can’t believe there are already so many leaves on the ground!)
While at the beach a few days ago, I tried to get photos of all the seagulls on the shore.
These are just a few that I could get in frame at once!
It’s so nice to go to the beach this time of year. It’s still pleasant out, but tourist season is over, so there’s hardly any people around. Especially in the morning. 🙂
It’s only 9C and dreary right now, and raining fairly heavily. Hard to believe we’re supposed to hit 28C in less than a week! It feels more like October than September.
So here is a photo from late June, when our feeding station was a lot busier with birds than right now!
How many do you see?
While in town during my daughter’s short shift, my older daughter at home was startled by something fairly large hitting an upstairs window.
Of course she checked it out, and this is what she found.
One very stunned Northern Flicker!
She gently prodded it to see if it was okay, and got squawked at.
It seemed to be uninjured, at least.
What a beautiful bird!
When her sister and I got home, she was outside and the three of us ended up staying outside to play with the kittens, who were running all over.
Then one of the kittens pounced on something.
It was the Norther Flicker, now in the grass!
My daughter got it away from the kitten, but then the others came running.
The poor bird wasn’t going to have a chance!
Between the three of us, we managed to hold back the kittens and pick up the bird, who did NOT want to be picked up. It got away a couple of times, only to have the kittens go nuts trying to get at it. Finally, my daughter got a grip on it and tried to move it away while I dashed to the house to get a box.
We never got to use it.
The Northern Flicker got loose again, and kept hopping its way through the grass, out the yard and finally into the pile of branches by the garage.
Unfortunately, that made it more vulnerable to kittens, with no way for us to protect it. It couldn’t even be seen anymore. The kittens, however, saw it go into the branches and were making a run for it!
So, out came the cat treats, and they were all lured into the sun room to be closed up early for the night.
Hopefully, the bird will recover and fly away soon.
A photo from the last day of July, for the last day of August!
This nuthatch was just sittin’, chillin’ on the empty platform feeder.
These photos were taken a couple of days apart.
Gotta love the rainbow sheen on the neck feathers of this mourning dove.