Totally captivated in 2007 by the live camera feed of the Hornby Island nesting Bald Eagles in B.C., I was drawn into birding and have never looked back. Thus begins my account of what I'm fortunate enough to discover each day and perhaps capture with my camera.

Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by and are the property of Janice Melendez

Species Counts:

2014 Final Year List: 255; 2015 Year List a/o June 5, 2015: 235; Life List: 327

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SNOW Day on a Snow Day

There's nothing like a snowy week-end inside reflecting upon my final Snowy Owl and falcon sightings for 2014. 

Tessa and I spent forty minutes with our first Snowy Owl that was easily seen on a metal post:

Soon a meticulous preening session began: 

It occasionally stopped to attempt a pellet regurgitation...

...then returned to its preening session:

Its right ear tuft could be seen here when it raised its head:

Another failed regurgitation attempt:

The preening session continued...

...and it began to work on some specific feathers:

On another break?

It was getting ready to go in more ways than one :

To the skies!

We continued on our way and enjoyed a colourful male American Kestrel: 

The next and ultimately our last Snowy Owl for the year was seen a bit later:

What a great way to wrap up the 2014 birding year!

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