Category Archives: My yard

More backyard birdies

A white-breasted nuthatch, Sitta carolensis, is happy to have a sunflower seed I put out last week. © BCP 2011 Must be doing something right in my quest to have a bird- and butterfly-friendly yard. It’s party time in my backyard this year — at least if you happen to be either a bird or […]

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A small slice of summer in my own backyard

A white-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, visits in my yard this week. © BCP 2011 It is a wondrous day, indeed, when the incomparably beautiful song of the white-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, first rings out in my backyard in spring. One day, the wintry winds are still clutching and grasping at the just-emerging ephemerals, trying to […]

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A frequent visitor stops by for a bite

An eastern grey squirrel, Sciura carolinensis, displays an intriguing two-tone fur pattern. Could he be moulting? © BCP 2011 Hey! Didn’t this guy get the message? Eastern grey squirrels, Sciuris carolinensis, are supposed to be, um, grey? Mr. Big Redtail enjoys a treat in my backyard yesterday. (At least I think he’s a mister.) © […]

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Mourning doves in the rain

A mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) rests on a branch in my yard this week during a grey drizzle. © BCP 2011 A couple of days ago, when it was so very terribly dreary — drizzly rain interspersed with freezing rain, broken up by pelting rain, then more Vancouver sunshine — I chanced to look out […]

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Après le déluge

After the flood waters receded yesterday, I took this photo of the web in my front yard. © BCP 2010 I’m never sorry when it rains. In fact, I almost always love it. Yesterday, we had what the weatherfolk call a “rain event” that was more like the draining of some celestial bathtub than it […]

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