On Tuesday, I took 253 bird (and squirrel) photos out my office window. Lordy, I do love digital cameras. On our ten-week 1993 honeymoon in southeast Asia, I remember taking ten rolls of slide film for my Pentax K1000 SLR (fully manual, remember those?), and carefully rationing it to make every photo count. Nowadays I can just blow off 1,000 photos and it costs me nothing! So you're going to get a lot of bird pictures today, and maybe tomorrow.
I used to post quite a lot of bird photos back in 2006 - 2007, when we lived on a lake in Quebec for a year and had the most amazing array of birdlife I have ever seen in my garden. I've slacked off over the last little while, but seeing the nice bird photos my friend Ronna has been taking with her new Nikon inspired me to grab MY Nikon and start shootin'. Here ya go...
Bluejay playing peekaboo!
A demure red squirrel.
Male Downy Woodpecker. They LOVE suet!
Pretty American Goldfinch sitting in the sun. In the winter, the boys lose their bright yellow plumage and turn a sort of olive colour.
Goldfinch checking out the seed on the ground from a tall perch.
A cute little Dark-eyed Junco.
And the Common Redpoll! They love niger seed and arrive in flocks to chow down.
The top Redpoll was reluctant to share the suet feeder!
And a pack o' Redpolls on the niger feeder.
A Tree Sparrow taking a piece of corn.
A dear little Red-breasted Nuthatch...
...and the larger White-breasted Nuthatch.
I am very fond of nuthatches, and in the past have gotten them to eat from my hands. They run up and down tree trunks in every direction looking for food in the bark. Unlike the woodpeckers, the nuthatches can go down the tree headfirst.
And here's a Red-breasted Nuthatch hanging with the male Downy Woodpecker.
More birds tomorrow. And snow, apparently. There's a storm coming and we may get up to 25cm (10") of snow. This is great, because our friends are coming over Saturday to cross-country ski, and right now the snow surface is too icy and crappy for good skiing. I predict a snow day for Gordon tomorrow but we'll see!