Sadly (and not so sadly) my birding has decreased to only weekends with my return to work this week. Swainson's thrushes and western tanagers have now arrived but I'm still waiting on cedar waxwings and willow flycatchers.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a male western tanager at my water feature last night posing beautifully on a rock. I ran to get my camera but by the time I returned it was gone. I was happy when it returned today and stuck around long enough for me to grab my camera. Unfortunately the lighting wasn't great and I took the photo through a window so it's not my best offering:
I have also had a higher than usual number of hairy woodpeckers at my feeder so I had assumed they were breeding here. This was confirmed today when I saw this immature male on this tree and later in the day trying to figure out how to eat from my suet feeder (and being fed suet by its father).
It's been a good month so far due to my time off work and free time to bird. I've had 65 species this month at my place and may be able to add 1 or 2 next weekend as well.
On a separate note my daughter and I came across this swallowtail butterfly and I have since learned there are both Canadian Tiger Swallowtail and Western Tiger Swallowtail that are possible here. Any butterfly experts out there?
According to Butterflies of British Columbia (Guppy & Shepard, 2001) we have three Swallowtails in the Valley: Anise, Western Tiger, and Pale. The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is found on the other side of the Coast Mtns in the Interior. It looks to be a Western Tiger Swallowtail. The wing edges of a Pale Swallowtail are almost completely solid black while the Anise has large black blotches on its "shoulders".