I saw a pair of Blue Tail Dragon Flys. Always loved these lovely things. Once as a child I looked at one with a magnifying glass, scared me bad. Its face is quite fierce looking & looks like it could take a huge chunk out of you if it bit you. Ha, ha. I was a bit afraid of them. Love that they were going around my balcony window and eating all those nasty mosquitoes etc.
We have many, many different sparrows in our neighborhood, hence the Merlins.
Pretty song. Have a feeder and a bird bath, so see many birds.
Take lots of patience to watch & catch all of the special markings that identify each bird. I enjoy watching them anyway, this is a bit of a challenge.
A reddy and gray bird with darker bold brown streaks down its chest.
I have spent many hours waiting for just one bird too land close, so that I knew this was the one singing. They have a different song from some of the other sparrows that visit.
Well spaced notes that end in a kind of trill sound. I find the males to be very bold and are the first ones to eat or drink.
The gulls soar above our home. There seems to be a nice thermal that builds up above our home when it gets hot (we have a huge popular tree in our back yard, often I have wondered whether this has anything to do with the thermals?).
They fly low over our home, especially after the kids go back into school, we have 3 just at the end of our block & down that avenue.
This are quite lovely to watch as they soar, they are noisy, but I still very much enjoy watching them flying overhead. See them often in the school grounds, eating all the food the kids throw away at lunch.
Light brown with darker body. Have a few around the yard. Watched one in the flowers I was weeding.
A pair have been back in our neighborhood, they return in the Spring.
I always can hear their piercing calls, watched them many times swooping and diving. Finally one landed in our huge poplar tree in our back yard.
It landed in a perfect spot where I got a very good look at it for sure tell which bird it was.
A beautiful & powerful bird. Looked menacing but so elegant.
It sat there for over 10 minutes & I dared not moved, as I feared it would fly & would not get to enjoy watching this wonderful creature of nature.
A brown, black & orange butterfly with white spots. See them all the time in our backyard.
Spreading Dogbane growing on the hillside above the Glenmore Reservoir (Calgary, Canada)
Blue Flax growing on the hillside above the Glenmore Reservoir (Calgary, Canada)
A deciduous shrub, the Wild Rose (or Prickly Rose) is the official flower for the Province of Alberta.
Ravens are becoming a common sight to see around the Glenmore_Reservoir (Calgary, Canada)
Wildflowers of the Canada Anemone are once again coming into bloom along the shoreline of the Glenmore_Reservoir (Calgary, Canada)
A Cedar Waxwing has chosen human garbage as nesting material it found along the Glenmore Reservoir (Calgary, Canada)
Osprey searching for fish along the eastern waters of the Glenmore Reservoir (Calgary, Canada)
They are very common in our neighborhood. And they have young right now & are they noisy!
They are pretty though & very smart. I have done many different things with food, hidden under things, changed places of food. They always manage to find it.
When they get too noisy I shoo them out of the yard, they have learned how to be really quite & sneak into the yard & get some food. So fun trying to out smart them.
Of course most of us have seen these, they are most every where. But today I saw a mother sparrow feeding her chick. She brought it into our back yard where I have food. It chirpped & dance around & flapped its wings until its mother feed him. So cute!
They are around our yard a lot. They visit our bird feeder & bird bath.
We have a pair of black capped chickadees the visit our yard year round. See them everyday, they visit our bird feeder & bird bath.