Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Here are some photos from our picnic at Chapman School to see the Vaux's Swifts. There are also two videos. Nothing too great but you can kind of get the idea about how many Swifts show up to roost. If you get the chance you really should take a couple of hours and head over there. It's at 26th and NW Pettygrove. Be forewarned, a lot of people show up. It is very noisy (with all of the kids) and some people don't really seem to be interested in the Swifts at all. But still, it's a must see. It was incredible to see that many birds at one time. The Peregrine Falcon also made a few appearances!

There are also some photos of recent activity in the yard. As always, we hope you enjoy.


Just a couple of photos so you might get an idea about how many birds there are.


Somewhat hard to see but every little black spot or fleck you see is a Swift.


another shot


Scrub-Jays getting peanuts to bury for the wintertime.


The Steller's Jays have just recently come back into the yard. It's so nice to see them again.


This one, I believe, is a juvenile.


They come and knock the peanut container over and then proceed to bury the nuts about 5 feet away.



As the peanuts get fewer, the Jays get closer to the porch. Here's one just off of the patio.


The juvenile Steller's with the bad haircut.


One of the Lesser Goldfinches that keep us company throughout the year.


A Northern Flicker looking in the backyard.


A juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow

video
Here's video number one. In the last few seconds of the video, a Peregrine Falcon will come from behind the chimney and the video will end when the Falcon is in the middle of the frame.

video

Here's another video of the funneling that they do.

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