|Turkey vultures can sniff carrion from two miles away! |
Photo by Brie McInnes.
|Rufous Hummingbirds arrive in March. Many have already started their return migration. |
|The Varied Thrush song reminds me of a far-off referee's whistle.|
|Although less striking in appearance than its cousin (above), the song of the Swainson's Thrush |
is a beautifully haunting series of ascending notes. Much prettier than a whistle!
|Violet-green Swallows nest in the eaves of the FolkLife Village |
boardwalk, near the library, every year.
|Tree Swallows nest near the water.|
Public domain photo. Author unknown.
|American Goldfinch breed when the thistles bloom. |
They use the down to line their nests.
|Red Crossbills. |
Image courtesy Elaine R. Wilson, www.naturespicsonline.com
|Male Black-headed Grosbeak.These birds are one of the few species that eat Monarch butterflies |
while wintering in Mexico because they can tolerate their toxins.
|Unlike most species, the female Black-headed Grosbeak sings.|
|Rose-breasted Grosbeak, rare in BC.|
Photo by Mike's Birds. CC license.
|Western Tanager in the front yard last year.|
|Olive-sided Flycatchers sally out to catch insects on the wing. |
This one's song is said to sound like 'Quick! Three beers!'.
Photo by Dominic Sherony. CC license.
|One islander has been enjoying the aerial acrobatics of the Common Nighthawk.|
Thanks for looking. Enjoy the birds!!