Tuesday 9 December 2014

A Lull* in the Weather

Tuesday Dec 9, 2014 Blackie Spit. Sunny and clearing 13c.

The rain came down all night and into the morning. The day looked to be a complete write-off. Unexpectedly the sun made an appearance and the skies cleared. I had just finished decorating the Christmas tree and had a few hours to pop down to nearby Blackie Spit. I was hoping to see the Bohemian Waxwing, alas for the second time I just missed it. I did however see a female Belted Kingfisher hunting and chattering. There were a few flocks of Purple Finches and numerous American Robins, all of which were gorging on Pacific Crabapples.  Around one corner a Cooper's Hawk was eyeing its next meal. I quietly approached, fired one shot and then a passing Seattle-Vancouver train tooted its horn and the bird took off.

 Juvenile Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii)

  •                  * Lull, the time of year named from between Christmas and the new year

"It'd never too late to start birding"

John Gordon


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    1. Thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the pix.

  2. Excellent images John

    1. Hi David,
      I appreciate the comments. I enjoy posting images as might be seen by birders and occasionally I get those shots a photographer would be happy with. I love the challenge and of course, the outdoors!