It's a nice day in spring, let's walk along Vancouver's "River walk" waterfront and take some pictures of birds? We didn't set out to shoot all the birds we saw, so there's plenty more we passed up on (crows, Canada geese, and bushtits, amongst others)
We have one of these living right outside out bedroom window. During spring, it's 100% made of bird song.
Some say there are parts of the world that don't have the common house sparrow. I haven't been to those parts yet.
You know what's a great alarm clock? The Northern Flicker. It's like a small, speckled woodpecker, but instead of pecking punky food for grubs, it finds the loudest possible thing to ram its head against about 20 times a second as hard as it can, as loud as it can. Did I mention our house has two metal chimneys?
Hummingbirds are the most amazing kind of bird. They weigh nothing, they move faster than your eye can track, they can hover, instead of sleeping they just outright go into torpor, and on top of that they're migratory, happily commuting between northern BC and Southern California.
Looking, acting, and sounding absolutely nothing like the European Robin, they're still fun birds, because they tend to just not care about humans, happily going about their business while completely ignoring you.
The "black" in the male's head is actually super bright green when the light catches it.
Honestly, what else is there to say? Pigeons.
At first we thought it had a worm or a caterpillar. Turns out this seagull just really likes gardening.
I didn't know these existed until we took a picture of it today. At first we thought it might be a song sparrow, since we apparently have a million sparrows here, but no. Pine siskin. Who knew.
this little bird's gone from living in the south-west of the US in the 50s, to virtually the entire US (and loose bits of Canada just north of the border) today.