The Northern Flicker is taxonomically a woodpecker but its chosen food source is ant nests in grassland. Rather shy and nervous – usually seen flying away from you and flashing (flicking) it’s white rump.
Starting to think it’s time for spring to arrive (6 weeks at least, but you can hope) and serendipitously happened upon this European Robin that was digitally collected two years ago in England … I like his facial expression. Very positive, as one needs to be at this time of a Quebec year.
Not for nothing are Mourning Doves commonly known as “Dopes” … they are certainly very attractive birds in a muted sort of way but they are quite ridiculously silly birds. As a species their survival tactics seem to be fly very, very fast and if that doesn’t work try to ensure that you have laid and hatched a suitably huge numbers of eggs so that at least one or two from a clutch make it through to the next breeding season.
We often get groups of up to ten or more at dusk sitting around the rim of the heated water bath we keep – all facing out, tails in the water and mutually pooping to add “body” to the water. Silly birds.
A small flock of eight Eastern Bluebirds spent 20 miniutes feeding on rowan berries in the garden on a clear, sunny January afternoon with temperatures of -16C (-27C with windchill). They are “supposed” to be far away to the south in warmer places than this. Gorgeous little birds.
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