Friday, November 26, 2010

Brown bird, grey day.

It has warmed considerably (several degrees C above freezing) and the accumulated snow of the past two storms is in retreat, hastened by on-again off-again rain.  The backyard feeder continues to attract, and this morning brought a new species for the season, a Golden-crowned Sparrow, I believe a first-winter bird.

These are not great pictures, through a window in low morning light, but there's a hint of yellow on the fore-crown, which helps with the id. 

Although migratory, significant numbers of both White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows overwinter in the Lower Mainland of BC.

There was also a Downy Woodpecker at the suet this morning.  A first for the season.

And last night a raccoon kept wandering back and forth in front of the motion-activated floodlight, probably because he knew it would wake me up and keep me wary.

1 comment:

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hugh
Raccoons are really evil scientists in disguise .. I speak with experience .. for two years we battled them trying to make our attic a bed and breakfast for the raccoon population here in Kingston .. be alert to their cunning ways ! hehe
Joy
PS .. cute little brown bird : )