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N 55 B 547 C 22 E May 26, 2019 F Jul 17, 2019
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A male Pine Siskin reaches down to get a drink and almost reaches! Actually, he successfully does manage to maneuver down far enough to get a drink, but it was close.

Pine Siskin are a North American bird of the finch family. It is a small finch that ranges from 11-14cm ( 4.3-5.5in), with a wingspan of 18-22cm (7.1-8.7in) and weighs between 12-18 g ( 0.42-0.63oz).

The Pine Siskin's breeding range is across the entirety of Canada, Alaska and, to a more variable degree, across the western mountains and northern parts of the United States.

Likely due to success of crops from year to year, the Pine Siskin is a highly variable migration species of bird. Large numbers may move south in some years and hardly any in others.

Photo taken on May 26/19 at 4:26pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.

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All cleaned up after a bath, an Orange -crowned Warbler perches on a branch momentarily before taking off again.
The orange crown on these birds are rarely seen and only visible when the bird is excited and raises its head feathers.
The Orange-crowned Warbler is divided into four subspecies that differ in size, plumage color and molt patterns. The one shown is the Pacific Coast form, lutescens and is the brightest yellow. The one named celata is found in Alaska and across Canada, and is the dullest and grayest. The third subspecies is the sordid and is the darkest green and is found only on the Channel Islands and locally along the coast of southern California and northern Baja California. Last but not least, is the orestera which is intemediate in appearance and found thoughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin.


Photo taken on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada on July 6/19 at 1:19pm.

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A male Red Crossbill enjoys a drink from the streams edge.
Crossbills are a fascinating finch of the coniferous woodlands, the Red Crossbill forages on nutritious seeds in hemlock, pine, spruce, Douglas-fir and hemlock. Their specialized bills allow them to break open unopened cones, giving them an advantage over other finch species. Red Crossbill's are so dependent upon conifer seeds that it even feeds them to its young. It breeds anytime it finds a sufficiently large cone crop, even in the depths of winter.

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" Down By The Creek" a little "Chipping Sparrow" rests after taking a drink. The adult Chipping Sparrow sports a bright rufous cap which provides a splash of color. They are common across North America wherever trees are interspersed with grassy openings. They sing loud trilling songs that are one of the most common sounds of the spring woodlands and suburbs.
Photo taken on on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
No cropping

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N 114 B 1.3K C 48 E Apr 12, 2019 F Apr 12, 2019
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The colors of Hummingbirds and newly budding flowers are a sure sign that spring has sprung!
Pictured is a male Anna Hummingbird. The Anna Hummingbird was originally only found on the Pacific slope from Baja California to San Fransisco, but has since expanded it range to Vancouver, British Columbia, east to southern Arizona. The Anna has adapted so well to British Columbia that it stays all seasons. The Rufous Hummingbird visits during the spring for breeding and migrates back south in the late summer.

Photo of Hummingbird taken in Cobble Hill on south east Vancouver island, B.C., Canada. Taken on March 13/19 at 1:32pm
Taken in raw format at 1/1250's at f/8.0, at 400mm, iso 800, manual white balance. No cropping.

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This image is a composite, as I added the Flowering Quince as it is just budding now and adds a little extra interest to the image.

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