May 25, 2004

Hi Everybody,
After a week away, it's time to catch up on a few chores so it's mainly backyard photography for awhile. That's not bad as there are a few newcomers at the hummingbird feeders. After building 2 hummer trees and filling feeders all spring, it's gratifying to see the results of my labour buzzing around incessantly, reckless and carefree. Of course, like a proud parent, I have pictures to show, but I will limit myself to 3 ( for this week anyway).


I'm not sure how old the babies are, but they weren't around when I left town on May 14.

A garden full of baby Juncos greeted me when I returned from my trip.

PURPLE MARTINS AT NANOOSE FLATS (May 22) - It's great to see the condos at Nanoose Flats fully occupied with Purple Martin. Obviously the nest box program has been very successful. I wonder if there is a program to maintain the boxes and add new ones for the expanding population?


Calliope Hummingbird at Sundial Road in Oliver. There were also Black-chinned and Rufous Hummingbirds at the feeders. I could say that I used a slower speed to create the illusion of motion, but there just wasn't enough light for a stop-action shot.


Female Yellow-headed Blackbird (Bear course) and Red-naped Sapsucker (Beaver lake Road). The Sapsucker didn't have much luck hammering on the pressure-treated fence post.

Muskrat at Spallumcheen.


Magpie (Sunset Ranch) and Tree Swallow (Beaver Lake Road)

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