Critter of the Day: Flicker

A Northern Flicker, visiting us early this month. (I can't believe there are already so many leaves on the ground!)

Critter of the Day: cooling down

It's rare enough to get photos of norther flickers at our feeding station. Rarer still is getting one at the bird bath! On hot days, we would sometimes leave a block of ice to melt in the bird bath. The ice disappeared quickly, but the birds really appreciated having nice cool water to help beat … Continue reading Critter of the Day: cooling down

Shaggy friends, a new bird ID and… a mystery!

Early this morning, I spotted some movement at the edge of our spruce grove.  It turned out to be a bird, enthusiastically digging and pecking at the ground.  A surprisingly large bird; not as big as a grouse, but certainly bigger than a blue jay or crow.  Not something I recall seeing before.  Unfortunately, it … Continue reading Shaggy friends, a new bird ID and… a mystery!