Friday, 22 April 2011

Not Bad Friday

The garry oaks and bluffs below Government House, Victoria
I just had a trundle around the Government House garry oaks area and gardens in the brilliant sunshine this morning. Bald eagles were soaring high, as were a couple of Coopers' and a single sharp-shinned hawk. A couple of 'new in' orange-crowned warblers were singing, adding to the voices of those already present.
A pair of downy woodpeckers were busy chasing each other around in between bouts of drumming and nest-hole excavation.
I came across my first 'myrtle' yellow-rumped warbler of the spring, all the birds I've seen previously have been 'Audubon's'. A single barn swallow passed through, but there was little other sign of visible migration. 
As ever, Anna's hummingbirds were all over the place, as were red-breasted nuthatches, chestnut-backed chickadees, bushtits, Bewick's wrens, spotted towhees and the like.

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