It’s pretty freezing cold in Edmonton right now. The mornings are around -25*C and the afternoon warms up to a balmy -13*C, which actually feels pretty warm currently. But the thing that really gets me is how the wildlife survives the cold. They’re so fantastically adapted to the weather that it doesn’t even seem to effect them.
This is one of the birds I don’t see to often and I can never get a good shot of him. I’m happy to add this little guy to my 2014 list and I hope to get a nice shot of him in the future. Fingers crossed.
I spend a lot of time backyard birding and I often see the same birds day in and day out. To be totally honest this is actually the time of year that I enjoy the most. Birds enjoy my feeders and trade photo ops for food. Theres also no greenery for little creatures to hide in which makes things MUCH easier.
Here are a few more pictures from the last couple of days.
If you weren’t aware this past weekend was the Great Back Yard Bird Count. It’s a worldwide study of bird populations and it’s something that everyone can participate in.
Monikah and I spent the majority of our weekend out birding and it was great. We originally had hoped to see some snowy owls but we didn’t see any. We’re blaming that on the warm weather. But we did see a number of other birds and had a great time of it. Check out a few of these bohemian waxwings that we got some great snaps of during the weekend.
Over the past few weeks we’ve spotted a pair of coyotes. They’ll hangout for a few days, disappear for a few days, and then they’ll be back. They’re hunting voles and finding them everywhere to my surprise. I didn’t know there where so many voles and small critters in the area. I’ll watch them eat three in an hour.
They’re really cool animals and I hope they stick around. I love to watch them hunt, they punch dive into the snow, and I hope that people don’t drive them away.
Over the last little bit I have yet again been buried under a pile of video work. I love it because as a Videographer and a Photographer I’m making it, which is quite rare. But sometimes I’m going to be late on my personal life, I guess that’s that trade.
But in other news Monikah and I have finished two awesome videos. One being my backyard birds of January. It features some of the cool things that I’ve seen in my backyard but I also spent a little bit of time at Gold Bar Park in Edmonton filming the mallards.
The second video is Monikah’s bird Docs. This one features the cute downy woodpecker and is a great watch if you want to learn something about your feathered backyard friends.
Backyard Birds – January
Bird Docs – Downy Woodpecker
I’ve seen almost all of my normal feeder birds. I’ve recently seen the Pileated and the Hairy Woodpeckers which are regulars but I don’t see them everyday. I also managed to see some of the southern red backed voles which are always quick and sneaky. I was pretty happy to get a good shot.
I know it’s happened before and I wasn’t the first person to see it but oh well. I still think it is one of the coolest birds I’ve seen in Edmonton. Today I got the chance to see a Wood Duck. Not a rare bird but a bird that rarely comes to Edmonton. We’re pretty far from their summer range and even farther from their winter range. The sighting was made a Gold Bar Park, Edmonton.