Friday, October 29, 2010

Golden-crowned Kinglet

I was thrilled to have another visit from a Golden-crowned Kinglet ( 2 in fact ) again last week.
Here is a female, posing on Red-osier Dogwood, with my fence as a nice backdrop. As usual click on images for full size version :

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More Fall Visitors

Our new backyard is proving to be a great haven for birds. In just four weeks of living here I've made a yard-list of 27 different species that have visited so far, the most recent being a Northern Shrike that caught a House Sparrow and devoured it in the confines of our Hawthorn Tree!

Here are a couple of new photos :

Golden-crowned Kinglet - We had 2 of these speedy little guys show up recently:




Red-breasted Nuthatch - These little birds are becoming very tame now :



Purple Finch - We had a female show up, then this beautiful male the following day:




Common Yellowthroat - This handsome male showed up at our old yard right before we moved :



My 2 calendars are ready from the printers now and have turned out very nice ( if I dare to say so myself )
Anyone wanting a copy (or copies) of either, can email me for a preview of every page.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2011 Calendars Available Now

My 2011 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is now at the printers, so I will be taking orders as of now, for those who'd like them. Once again, they are $20.00 each.

I am also releasing a second calendar called 'Saskatchewan Wildlife' which features only mammals. This is a 'limited edition' and unless demand is high, I have only ordered 30 of these from the printer, so if you want one, you will have to let me know a.s.a.p . Of course if they prove popular, I will order more.

This year I have decided to go with 1 large photo per page, rather than 3 small one's. So in otherwords, you'll be getting 12 full colour large prints, plus the cover.

For anyone who wants calendars mailed, I would ask that you let me know before the end of November at the latest, to ensure a Christmas delivery. Costs of shipping of course depends on how many calendars are ordered.
As usual, I am happy to keep calendars here to be collected in person by anyone who doesn't want them mailed.

Please email me at nikovich@gmail.com for orders and I will get back to you the same day.

Here are some preview pages :





Monday, October 4, 2010

October Already !

Well, once again, I'm late updating, but I have valid reasons. Not only have my wife and I finally moved into a beautiful new home , complete with a lovely big yard, I also managed to jinx myself by boasting that I'd not had a bad cold since moving to Canada way back in 2002. Well of course, I ended up with the flu , which stuck around for nearly 10 days ! As it turns out , almost everyone I have spoken to, knows someone who has had this particular nasty bug during September, or they had it themselves.

Anyway... The birds and animals are still out there doing their stuff. Whooping Crane's have just recently been spotted at Muskiki Lake. A buddy of mine just spotted a rare Parasitic Jaeger at Redberry Lake, while another friend in town had a beautiful Yellow-billed Cuckoo show up in his back garden, and we still have a few migrants trickling through our yard.
The leaves are all in gorgeous Fall colours, the winds have gotten crispier and cooler and the mornings are now chilly but there is still a lot to see and enjoy out there.

Here are some new photos...

Red Squirrel - This cute little fella was enjoying sunflower seeds I was feeding him, at Pike Lake Provincial Park recently:



Gray-cheeked Thrush
- Not as common as Swainson's or Hermit Thrush, these are a real treat when they show up in your backyard :



Tennessee Warbler - Here's a fall-plumage bird from the backyard :



Cooper's Hawk - I recently found a number of juvenile birds near Cosmopolitan Park here in town :




Red-breasted Nuthatch - this inquisitive little bird was foraging on the ground and not upside-down on a tree trunk for a change :



Orange-crowned Warbler - Another from the old backyard :