Every year when spring happens things begin to get a little bit crazy. Work starts to speed but and the wildlife starts to arrive. It’s very exciting and I’ve been spending as much time as I can outside. Here are a few of the shots I’ve taken over the last few days.

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Red-tailed Chipmunk Tamias ruficaudus

Red-tailed Chipmunk Tamias ruficaudus

Fire-rim Tortoise Shell Aglais milberti

Fire-rim Tortoise Shell Aglais milberti

Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

Spring Tree

Budding Tree Branch

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

American Robin Turdus migratorius

American Robin Turdus migratorius

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Minnow

Minnow

Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus

Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus

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