In a little tree stand beside my house I’ve build a small platform with a bench and have it surrounded by feeders. It’s where I spend the most of my birding time. Anyways with springs arrival a small puddle has opened up right beside myplatform. So while I was out sitting and watching suddenly waxwings started falling from above, almost landing on me, anddiving into the puddle to get a quick drink. It was pretty startling at first but I was able to get some great pictures.

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

American Tree Sparrow

I’ve been impatiently waiting for spring sparrows to arrive and today my wait ended. Monikah and I headed over to Clifford E Lee nature sanctuary right after work and spent a warm afternoon wandering. I first spotted some sparrows but I couldn’t a get a good view of them and I felt pretty down about my miss. After another hour of wandering we had almost left the park when a sparrow decided to show itself. Monikah and me quickly went to work and both ended up with some nice frames.

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

I didn’t have them last year but I sure have them this year. Dark-Eyed Juncos have been all over my feeders and it wasn’t just a few. At times almost 40 birds assaulted the white millet I put out and I’ve begun to buy it just for the Juncos. I’m wonder if anyone else has also experienced this Junco invasion this year? If so leave a comment and send me some pictures! I’d like to see them.

Dark-Eyed Junco, Edmonton Widlife

Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco, Edmonton Widlife

Dark-Eyed Junco

With spring on the way I’ve noticed some new behaviours in the Pileated Woodpecker pair that hangout close to my feeders. They been doing some head bobbing and seeming to touch beaks together. I’m no expert but I’m guessing that love is in the air. Hopefully this will lead to baby Pileateds in the fast approaching summer.

Pileated Woodpecker, Edmonton Wildlife

Pileated Woodpecker, Female.

Pileated Woodpecker, Edmonton Wildlife

Pileated Woodpecker, Female.

Pileated Woodpecker, Edmonton Wildlife

Pileated Woodpecker, Male and Female.

Today I went out expecting a normal birding morning, which it was for the most part. But I did have a very curious guest. A female Northern Flicker and she kept stopping by check on me and my feeders. She seemed to be checking out many of the holes in the surrounding trees and give off territorial calls. I’m hoping to see some babies in the summer.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

For your average 23 year old a weekend consists of heading off to the bar, going out with friends, or some kind of drunken adventure. Or that’s what my friends do for the most part. But for me a prime weekend is heading out into the sticks with a long lens and finding some birds. This weekend was that weekend and I have fantastic bunch of photos to show.

First it starts with the “Pre-Game” friday afternoon photo shoot. A good way to relax after a hard day of work, plus I needed to fill my feeders before my weekend out.

White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Then comes “the big saturday game”. Monikah and I travelled up to lesser slave lake Alberta only to find… well… not much.

Zac Peetsma walking.

Me walking around Lesser Slave Lake, AB. Photo by Monikah Wiseman.

Ice Flow, Lesser Slave Lake.

Ice Flow, Lesser Slave Lake.

Common Raven

Common Raven

Bald Eagle on Nest.

Bald Eagle on Nest.

And then its the big money. You’ve worked hard all weekend and so far you’ve come up short. But now like all great stories you pull it in for that sunday win. A barred owl, and a few nice waxwing shots.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing