A handsome Kingfisher poses on an old fencepost. Looks like he has a big scoop net to assist in landing a big one :))
This shot is from Pat Bay (North Saanich) As the season progresses, I will try and get back there to click some closer images of these interesting wintering birds.
* background top just right of centre is a pair of Grebes.. not sure of the exact type*
These Scoters have an interesting pattern when they dive and are underwater for usually a minute or so while searching for clams)
The Varied Thrush .. Males are slightly bolder in colouration than females but same size and very similar to their cousins the American Robin.
Sure have had a lot of Flickers visiting lately. They tend to be very jumpy and nervous because the Cooper's Hawk seems to find them often for dinner!
First this guy , then a female Varied Thrush showed up this week! They tend to stay around till April then vanish to their summer habitat.
Gorgeous little Downey Woodpecker (male)
Our provincial bird, the Steller's Jay is a beautiful and noisy member of the Corvid family (crows, ravens, jays) This fellow seems to be giving me that look! :))
Spotted Towhee (one of my fav backyard birds . Very friendly robin sized often seen scratching for bugs and seeds.. distinguished by their colours and blood red eyes.
Drake and Hen hooded Mergansers ... Very small & lively ducks
This small cousin to the midwest Mule Deer lives from Alaska costal areas South to California. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer ... Here on Vancouver Island the annual rut is just beginning and will last for 10 days to a few weeks... So be careful driving because these animals will dart out in front of you without notice!!!
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