|Ann'a Hummingbird (Calypte anna) feeding one of two nestlings.|
Some Anna's will try for a second clutch if the soon to arrive and more aggressive Rufous Hummingbirds leave them alone. This particular nest was within feet of a very busy pathway so staying any length of time would attract attention from passersby.
When the female was away from the nest we would point our lenses in another direction so as not to draw attention to the nest.
Ethical birding practices includes not disclosing the location of nesting birds so therefore I have left their location out of this blog just to say that this series of pictures were taken in three different locations.
Barred Owls hunt mainly at night or early in the morning. They choose a handy perch and sleep most of the day sometimes waking up for a shake of the head or perhaps when mobbed by crows. They can be easily disturbed by humans and dogs so care must be taken not to flush them. Many owls including Northern Saw-whet and Great Horned often perch very close to human activity when they might have acres of forest to choose from. Go figure!
|"Head Shake" Barred Owl (Strix varia)|
|Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
The Sandhill Cranes were in an frisky mood with more than one pair going through the courtship rituals.
|Common Loon (Gavia immer)|
|Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)|
|Pacific Wren formally Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)|
Finally this Pacific Wren was heard long before I almost tripped over it. I must have been very close to its lair. These diminutive forest birds make any walk in the forest that more interesting with their noisy antics. I have a dozen good shots but I like that this shot has motion in the wings, exactly as I remember the scene.
"It's never too late to start birding"