Times are troubling. We are supposed to stay close to our homes, not to go on road trips and Heaven forbid cross any borders. Never mind the type of border, just don’t cross them. Or cross your neighbour, for that matter. In some countries, ratting out your neighbour to the police is encouraged by the government.

Mr and Mrs House Finch

Happily in Canada we don’t go that far. Yet travelling is sometimes pointed at with accusing fingers, as if sitting alone in your car or truck will infect someone with a virus you don’t have.

Or perhaps you don’t know you have. At any rate, fingers will be pointed and tongues will wag. So I decided to give it a try and stay home for a while. Luckily I have a modest backyard with some trees bordering it. Until now, I have seen or spotted only two or three different species of birds. Mainly crows, Chickadees and sparrows. I overlook my yard from the kitchen during breakfast. That is the time that I usually don’t have my glasses on yet. One sparrow so much looks like any other sparrow, right?

 White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow

From far away, perhaps, but when scrutinised with a 600mm lens, they suddenly look very different Smile. The above White Throated Sparrow was a surprise for me. I am used to the similar, but mostly brown coloured House Sparrows pecking away at the breadcrumbs we once shook out in the backyards.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Similar to a sparrow, without my glasses and before morning coffee is this Yellow-Rumped Warbler. It was only when I heard it singing in the yard, that I realised that it was not a sparrow. Its song prompted me to bring out my tripod and my camera. After a decent breakfast.

American Robin

American Robin

When I noticed the diversity of birds in the yard, I decided to get some bird feed and put it out on an old table. More birds came in, even the ones that prefer worms and bugs. This American Robin, though prefers to come in late afternoon and preferably after a rainy period. It has way more success in finding worms than me when I want to go fishing.

Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Junco

This little Dark Eyed Junco was very happy to get some well deserved food on the table. This one and its friends remained there until there was nothing left. Not even the residential squirrel was lucky enough to take away a meal.

 Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Once I had my camera out, I also spotted this Hermit Thrush. I didn’t catch them eating in my yard, so they must be after something else. It was nice seeing them, though. Then I spotted the little couple of House Finches in the trees. The lead picture in this post shows them off nicely.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

A passing bird in the trees was this Eastern Phoebe, staying just long enough for me to take a few pictures, then it moved on. I never saw it again. If I had seen it again, I would have tried to take a better picture of it.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Meanwhile on the ground, another visitor came to dig up the lawn. This Northern Flicker (Yellow shafted, for the birders) and his family were looking for bugs. Apparently there are more bugs and worms in my yard than I have ever seen for myself. I have to admit that I am not as close to the ground as they are.

Apart from that Northern Flicker, you have to admit that without glasses, before morning coffee and from far away, all these birds look like Sparrows, right? Open-mouthed smile

Until next time…

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Henk Von Pickartz
10 days 13 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
11 days 10 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
12 days 11 hours

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

12 days 12 hours

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
1 month 11 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
2 months 20 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

3 months 23 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
3 months 29 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
4 months 2 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

4 months 8 days

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)