Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Our Feathery Friends in Winter

When the days are getting shorter and the temperature begins to plunge below freezing in the late fall, it is time to tell our feathery friends that we plan to feed them throughout the entire winter season. So we fill up the feeders with black sunflower seeds and hang the feeders into nearby trees early. Soon the word gets around and chickadees, juncoes and sparrows and of course the greedy stellar jays are dropping in for the daily feast. Here are five photos of our daily visitors. Enjoy.

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38 comments

  1. Robert Parker · February 7, 2018

    Very cute gang! We don’t have those steller’s jays in the East, very jazzy and handsome.

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2018

      The jays are hard to photograph. The instant you point your camera in their direction they take off. Thanks for stopping by, Robert!

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  2. Dina · February 7, 2018

    Those daily visitors bring so much joy. Lovely to yours, Peter. Beautiful birds. I’m not familiar with Flickr. I wonder if I need to have an account to see your work. I’ll pop over and have a look.
    All the best to you, hugs from Norfolk (we have SNOW last night!!) Xx

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2018

      Thanks for the hugs! Enjoy the snow, it seems to be rare in Norfolk. We have too much of it. The snowploughs barely manage to clear the roads. Greetings from Fauquier, BC!

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      • Dina · February 15, 2018

        Do you know that the for the last two days it has snowed about 4 metres high in South Norway?😀❄️❄️❄️❄️ That’s where we are going next week! 🙋

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      • Peter Klopp · February 15, 2018

        Well then Dina have fun with your crew. Finally we have been able to pass some of our surpluses on to the snow starved people in Norway. Haha!

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  3. Dina · February 7, 2018

    I visited Flickr. I have no chance to see your work without registration? What a pity. Anyway, it’s lovely to see your photos here on WP, Peter. Xx

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2018

      Thank you, Dina, for pointing out the difficulty of viewing pictures at Flickr! I did not realize that viewing photos is for members only. I am glad you like our feathery friends on WordPress.

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      • Dina · February 7, 2018

        Eventually, I did find you on Flickr, Peter!
        A fellow blogger had a link to her profile on flickr/com/photos so I were able to search you and have have a look. It’s great!! I cannot comment on Flickr as I have no account with them. Wishing you a relaxing evening. xx

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      • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2018

        I am glad your persistence paid off. If there is a will, there is a way, so the saying goes. Warm greetings from snowy Canada, Dina!

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  4. Amy · February 7, 2018

    So sweet!

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  5. thecedarjournal · February 7, 2018

    5,4,3. 😂 Oh, thought we were voting on the best photos. I think watching birds feed in the winter is the best entertainment around.

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2018

      How needs TV when you can watch these feathery friends flitting in and out of the bird feeder. You guessed it the voting for the best photo has now ended. Thanks for having participated!

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  6. myexpressionofthoughtsblog · February 7, 2018

    Beautiful images of lovely birds

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  7. Jodi · February 7, 2018

    So fun to feed and watch the birds! Great captures

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  8. arv! · February 7, 2018

    I love all your pictures here. your photography Skills are great 👍

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  9. crowcanyonjournal · February 7, 2018

    Well, there’s at least one thing that Arrow Lakes has in common with the San Francisco East Bay: we both have Stellar’s jays!

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2018

      That is good to know. Of course, there are also two older chaps who have a keen interest and love for family and a passion for photography. Greetings from the Arrow Lakes from your blogging friend Peter!

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  10. corneliaweberphotography · February 7, 2018

    Peter, such lovely feathered company you have, thanks for sharing with us. Be well.

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  11. taphian · February 8, 2018

    These birds are so beautiful and cute. I especially like the blue one, dear Peter. What kind of bird is this? I have never seen it before. Have a nice day, kind regards from cold Hamburg, Mitza

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    • Peter Klopp · February 8, 2018

      The blue one is quite common in our area and its name is Stellar jay belonging to the jay family (Eichelhäher). It is almost spring, do not despair, Mitza!

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  12. Joanne Sisco · February 8, 2018

    I loved having bird feeders. I could easily sit at the kitchen window watching them for hours.
    After I ‘inherited’ a cat – and an outside cat at that – attracting birds with feeders just seemed like the wrong thing to do.

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  13. prior.. · February 8, 2018

    well I am getting my feeder situation up and running.
    In December I bought a big “bell of seeds” from wegmans and offered that our back. It was too far back to see who came – only saw robins this week- but I am eager to see the birds that will come around here.
    in the meantime, the five photos here were each so diverse.
    The first one – favs were the open beak and the texture of the snow – it was like a slushy or softness was felt.
    second photo – what you did with the soft focus color in the back matched the bright colors on the side of the bird – like an interior designer matching things up – ha
    the third had a camo vibe and the 4th – the shape of the bird stood out – and then that ending blue – wow – such vibrancy….

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    • Peter Klopp · February 8, 2018

      Well, first of all congratulations on having a bird feeder! It will take a while for your feathery friends to discover it. Most of all thank you for the accolades you poured out on my photos. I feel humbled and honoured. You have a good eye for the important details in a picture. Soon you will try a few shots yourself. Did you notice that not one picture was taken at the bird feeder? It is far more effective to catch the birds on a branch waiting for their turn to seize a sunflower seed. Thanks again and good luck!

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      • prior.. · February 9, 2018

        ahhh – the branch eh?
        thanks –
        and actually my goal is not to develop photo skills – although now that you mention it I might be out there with my camera – ha!
        but I am just ready for their beauty and company.
        side note – and I will try and be brief – but I despised visiting birds a few years ago – we had to take out our water feature because too many birds were coming and it was a HORRIBLE mess. I also heard they carry disease – had two labs that needed the yard and they were bringing in fecal material on the paws – it was not fun.
        — I did have one Cardinal show up – right before we took it out – but it had to go during that season.
        but much has changed since then –
        and I will not have features so close to the house and I have also fallen in love with our avian friends –

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  14. Ruchika (RnR) · February 11, 2018

    That’s so beautiful

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  15. Debra · February 11, 2018

    I am really bad when it comes to bird names. What kind of bird is that beautiful blue one? English and German name please. Lovely Birdy pictures.

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  16. Nurul Fitri Lubis · February 12, 2018

    Lovely pictures as usual, Peter. I amaze your skill in taking these beautiful creatures with your camera. I found it’s difficult to snap them, particularly once they saw me shot them with my camera. They ran away in sudden…

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  17. Nurul Fitri Lubis · February 12, 2018

    revision: I mean, they flew away in sudden..

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  18. Ulli · February 12, 2018

    wunderschöne Fotos von den gefiederten Freunden!!!

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