Black-Capped Chickadee Babies

This gallery contains 2 photos. A couple of the Black-Capped Chickadees — recently named Vancouver’s city bird of 2015 — had twins earlier this spring. Even though they are about the same size as mom and dad now, they are still being fed by beak and nowhere as noisy. Here’s one of them with “bedhead”, captured on the apple tree in the backyard on a warm June 1st afternoon.

Black-Capped Chickadee Baby in the Afternoon

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Spring Brings the Hummers

This gallery contains 2 photos. Called the feistiest of the North American hummers, we first spotted Rufous Hummingbirds in mid April, and they have been making steady appearances since then (yes, even in our backyard). This female Anna’s Hummingbird was photographed at a nectar feeder just outside of the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary just before closing hours.

Rufous Hummingbird, female

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Colours of Spring: Bleeding Hearts

A string of Bleeding Heart flowers, photographed at one of the local nurseries. Contrary to its name, Bleeding Hearts have no political leanings. Their hardy, heart-shaped flowers are lovely to look at — particularly on Valentine’s Day. Other aliases include lady-in-a-boat and lady’s locket.

A String of Bleeding Hearts

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Female brown-headed cowbirds lack the brown head and the iridescent dark blue body of the males. Instead, they are pretty much grey birds. The females make up for their less-than-striking-plumage in a big way with by lustily singing, like this one is doing at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

Brown-headed Cowbird (female)