This afternoon’s walk took me to Deas Island Park. The highlight of the day were two Great Horned Owl juveniles.
While they were some distance away,
… and the light a little challenging, it was still fun watching them. As you can see they were also curious and watching me. They were still pretty downy and probably have not been away from the nest long. One of the adults was atop a nearby tree.
Over the winter I have made several trips out to locations around here where Common Redpoll had been sighted. These outings netted me neither sightings or photos. Yesterday took me to Deas Island Park, a spot I had not been in some time. Lo and behold, I came across a small flock of Common Redpoll. Unfortunately they were high up in the trees, which is normal, and the back light was too bright. I did manage a few record shots which I did not bother to blog about.
Hoping for better luck I returned today. I located them again early into my walk and once again they were in a poor spot for photos. They then moved off out of sight and I lost track of them. After several laps around the park I was on my way out when I located them again along the same stretch of trail as yesterday.
After a little wait, some of them did make their way a little lower with a more neutral background.
This small finch is normally found and nests in the arctic tundra.
During the winter they will migrate further south.
You will usually find them feeding on the catkins in Alder and Birch trees.
It has been about four years since my last Common Redpoll photos.
Needless to say I was delighted to finally get these today.
The sock, well that is how I often describe a Bushtit nest.
I first noticed this one almost two weeks ago while it was still under construction. Unfortunately it was windy that day and they were not active coming and going with nesting material. On returning today the nest was finished.
These elaborate hanging nests are constructed of moss, lichen, spider webs and other plant material. While I could not capture construction activity, the Bushtits were active around the nest.
One of natures little marvels I enjoy finding and watching each year.