I woke up this morning pleasantly surprised to find 4 Evening Grosbeaks back at my feeder. Certainly one of my favourite birds and a great way to start the weekend!
I also came across this Anna's Hummingbird posing:
I had a flyover by a distant peregrine falcon. To be honest it was so far away I was not sure of the ID so I took some photos. I'm amazed at the range with crop on these lenses for the sake of ID purposes. Obviously the quality is horrendous but when the ID is in question it's a life-saver. I would be interested to know what it has in its talons:
I found this hummingbird chasing the above Anna's. I assumed it was a rufous but noticed that there was no red throat patch, which I had always assumed was present on female rufous hummingbirds. I immediately thought about Calliope and took some poor photos through the branches. After a little research it seems that female rufous may not have any red on their throats? Interested in others' comments here. Presumably this is simply a female (or maybe immature?) rufous, although according to Sibley the immature should have white throats.
Overall there were the usual suspects. Here's my full list for an hour or so:
Anna's Hummingbird 3 Rufous Hummingbird 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Western Wood-Pewee 2 Willow Flycatcher 2 Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 Steller's Jay 1 Northwestern Crow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 4 Bushtit 6 Brown Creeper 3 European Starling 4 American Robin 3 Evening Grosbeak 4 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 2 White-crowned Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 4 Common Yellowthroat 2 Black-headed Grosbeak 2