The singing tree
Sunrise comes early in the Okanagan, especially this time of year (before 5 am!!). The birds are chirping even before the sky turns a faint pink and yellow just above the mountain across the lake. The morning colours slowly push the indigo blue and black of the night up, until the sun peeks over the hill and day is here.
The willow tree next door is massive, its long, slender branches covered in green leaves – a shady, cool sanctuary to a number of birds this spring. Next to it is a twisted willow – also a favourite perch for males calling out for mates, and hummingbirds waiting for their turn at the feeder.
In May, these trees were alive with the songs of brightly coloured birds: Bullock’s Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, American Goldfinches and Yellow Warblers. What a treat, although getting yard work done was difficult as I was constantly running to get the camera. A nice diversion!
At the hummingbird feeder, we had Rufous and Calliope, along with one unexpected visitor.
Thanks for visiting!