The Herons are nearing fledge time
Above .. Mom flies in with a fresh fish lunch!
Below .. The tangle of kids make crazy sounds in anticipation of lunchtime!
Won't be long before these 2 leave their nest
Bright and sassy male Rufous .. these guys are now heading South! Safe travels little friends .. Can't wait till you return next March!!!!!
Lovely female Rufous here... The females and young of this year will follow the males in migration Southward over the next few weeks. Over the past couple years I have had a few young males stay here untill September but not many around this year!
Sleepy young house Finch!
Meanwhile, back at the Heron colony ... highlights of my glimpses through the leaves into sacred spaces.
Today's Heron nesting Colony visit made me realize that there are certainly several different ages and stages of Baby Heron's residing in the treetops.
When the people from North Saanich Marina decided to cut down trees surrounding these nests they scared off the birds. For a while we thought that they had abandoned them completely. Who likes a chainsaw ripping down your wind cover???
Anyway, some of the herons were looking fairly advanced and nearing fledge today and others were very young and small, so parent Herons must have decided to return and try nesting again after being chased away.
I do hope that these trees and nests remain there as they are a unique part of our Peninsula and do not deserved to be flattened in the name of "progress"
Sharp Shinned Hawk visits Gracie
This slender Hawk is a lookalike to a Coopers Hawk but much thinner features and very different vocals. He hame ripping in last evening while I was visiting with my resident Barred Owl, Gracie. The robins were going psycho like they do around Owls and the Sharp Shin added to the ruckus! Mind you with his arrival the robins vanished. The verbal assault lasted about 5 minutes and 2 different arrivals. These Hawks sure don't like the competition around!
Meanwhile Gracie made cooing sounds and tried to sleep :)))
Hello guy with a camera!! The Robins and Hawk sure are annoying but I am getting use to your loud camera clicks! :))
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.
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