Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Bird Counts & New Photos

Yep, it's that time of year again, where us ( crazy ? ) folk head out in minus weather conditions to count birds and see if we can find anything rare or unusual while we are at it.
This year I'll be doing 6 counts , the first one starting this coming Thursday.
Last year I managed to find some nice species such as Harris's Sparrow, Red Crossbill and Townsend's Solitaire.
I hope this year brings something as good as those ( or better! )

I also want to thank everybody who bought calendars from me . I sold quite a few, so thanks guys , and I hope they look good wherever they end up hanging :-)

I still have around 20 left, so its still not too late to order. After that, I won't be printing any more ( Until the 2012 one next year ! )

Here are some new photos , taken since my last update...

Bohemian Waxwing - Some years we see this species arrive in their thousands, but even when only a few scattered flocks show up around town, it is still a treat !

Varied Thrush - A mountain thrush that only appears during November and December . Only a few will arrive in town, so finding them is not always easy unless one visits a feeder.
I waited many hours in the cold to get this photo...

Red-breasted Nuthatch - A common, and daily visitor to my backyard but not always easy to get a clear shot of...

Northern Flicker - These female has been coming to our yard since early November :


grammie g said...

Hi Nick...Lovely photo's..the Waxwings are such a beautiful bird..so sleek and refined looking..: }
It seems the Northern Flicker( which we only see in spring and early summer here) doesn't mind the cold..I didn't realize that!!
Hope you and you family have a very "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

holdingmoments said...

Nick, these are superb, as always mate.
That Varied Thrush is a real handsome bird; and I love the markings on the Northern Flicker.
The Nuthatch, very much like ours here, and the Waxwings, well, we've had a hell of a lot visiting over here at the moment. Such an exciting bird to see.

Ruth said...

More of those beautiful pictures.The Varied Thrush is on my 'want to see' list.

Bluebird said...

Lovely Photos Nick especilly the Waxwing.Have fun on the bird counts and a Merry Christmas.