First I have a little story of my new constant companion, a lovely, little baby Downy Woodpecker. In the spring, I would sit outside and watch the birds a lot. There were all the usual birds, the Nuthatches, the Chickadees, the Goldfinches, the Robins, House Finches, Towhee and the Pine Siskins, and so on.
Two Downy Woodpeckers started to come to the fat also. A pair, male and female. They just came and went, always appreciating a new block of suet fat I had put out. They were very tolerant of me also. Then one day they brought babies!! They showed three babies the fat and explained to them I was harmless and just to be tolerated. They would feed the babies at the feeder or above on the maple tree even if I was right there.
Two of the babies were a little apprehensive of me at times but one of the babies thought she owned me or belonged to me and became my constant companion in the garden. It was fun to hear the baby woodpeckers scream at the parents to feed them, they would announce their arrival with a chuck, chuck sound so I knew it was feeding time.
Now it is summer and she still comes to see me, she has grown up a lot and unless there is a loud noise nearby she will stay with me for a while. I so enjoy companionship with creatures of this earth, we don't need to speak any language at all, we are just present and existing at this time together and if my thoughts are kindly that is all she wants from me. Below there will be a video of one of the babies getting fed at the feeder, bad amateur video.
I am doing "D" at ABC Wednesday this week with my attempt of Downy Woodpeckers and Domville Island.
I have also a little video of cruising around Domville Island and Brethour Island, B.C., just off of the Saanich Peninsula. These island are part of the Gulf Island Chain. The boat motor is very loud so turn down sound I guess. This is terrible amateur video, handheld on a boat, not very proud of it. The islands have recently been purchased and are privately owned. We can't go on them. Brethour is beautiful, looks like a park from the water and has lots of harbour seals. It is named after the Brethour family who settled in Sidney, B.C. in 1892. It is such a part of our history but not owned by us. Lots of B.C. islands are privately owned by out-of-country residents and we can't go on them and explore the bird and wildlife there. Strange isn't it that we just let it all go to whoever has the most money. In time we won't have access to half our islands. I don't have any pictures of these islands as we could not explore them.
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