Great Horned Owl

This afternoon’s walk took me to Deas Island Park. The highlight of the day were two Great Horned Owl juveniles.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

While they were some distance away,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… 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.

Common Redpoll

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.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

After a little wait, some of them did make their way a little lower with a more neutral background.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

This small finch is normally found and nests in the arctic tundra.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

During the winter they will migrate further south.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

You will usually find them feeding on the catkins in Alder and Birch trees.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

It has been about four years since my last Common Redpoll photos.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Needless to say I was delighted to finally get these today.

The Sock

The sock, well that is how I often describe a Bushtit nest.

Bushtit Nest
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.

Bushtit Nest
Bushtit Nest

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.

Bushtit Nest
Bushtit Nest

One of natures little marvels I enjoy finding and watching each year.