American Goldfinch

While it has only been a few days, sometimes that is all it takes. On checking the Tree Swallow nests today there was no activity. Hopefully all the young have fledged successfully, but the window of opportunity for photographing food deliveries is gone. Conditions were not ideal this afternoon, but one of the Willow Flycatchers was active and I caught a glimpse of a Grosbeak. The only bird that took time out to pose for me,

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

… was one of two American Goldfinch that were busy chasing each other around.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

That was OK because it has probably been a year since I tried getting any photos of one.

Lazuli Bunting

When I was out in the Boundary Bay area a few days ago I lucked out with some nice shots of a Western Wood-pewee. I was also there that day, and couple of afternoons since, looking to see if something else was going to show up in the area again this year.

Yesterday my efforts payed off, the Lazuli Buntings were back. I only ever saw a single bird at any one time, but did hear at least two. Like last year, they were skittish and would fly off when approached. So I spent some time just watching and listening to where they going. To determine if there were certain spots they would return to or favoured.

On arriving this afternoon I noted one of the Lazuli Bunting in a tree I saw it go to a couple of times the day before. So when it was gone I moved in and set up. The plan being to let the bird come to me and not chase them from tree to tree.

Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting

Well the plan worked,

Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting

… the only problem being you have to take what you get.

Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting

I never quite got a clear shot. There were always some other branches in the way. Even more frustrating one time, it sat and sang out of sight on the other side of the tree for over ten minutes.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Other visitors to the tree in between Bunting visits were this American Goldfinch,

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

… and this Rufous Hummingbird.

At least the Lazuli Buntings are back and will be worth future visits.