Elusive meaning difficult to find, catch or achieve. This describes my relationship with the Redwing, the bird that has arrived here from Asia. Oh it is not very far from my house as I am sure that it has flown here only to visit me. Many of my bloggers and readers are from Europe. I am sure it is for me. Problem is, we go there and it is ELUSIVE. It is either hiding in the holly tree or up on the hill in the oak trees. Sigh.
I never have met my wonderful little Redwing that flew by accident all the way so close to my house, however I have met so many birders from all over North America. We all stand there by the holly tree, binoculars up, ready for the elusive glimpse of our royal visitor. Everyone has seen it, except me! My heart is broken by this little valentine.
As I have no pictures, I quickly drew a few little amateur pics of how I dream it would look. It did fly over my head when my husband got his photos of it. These are his photos below.
But it was this far away:
This is the big news in our bird world here. My neighbour got a great picture of it, linking to article. Excellent Video of Redwing News Local Newspaper Article on Redwing
I did get great photos of the Cattle Egret that was here not long ago in a farmers field. It was one of those moments I will never forget. The kind farmer came rushing all the way down the road and over across the fields to call us up to his house to see the bird better! The small community where the Redwing is has had to adjust to many birders being on their quiet street all the time. It is the only Redwing in North America, and only the second time for one in B.C. It flew in the wrong direction, got mixed up or in a storm. It was looking for me, I am sure.
Also I did get some not so great shots of the Long-EARED Owl that was here a while ago. It was deep in the bushes. It was wonderfully EERIE looking, strange and a bit like an E.T.
My hubby got a great photo of an elk a few weeks ago at downtown Youbou, standing right on the road. They have a lot of elk there.
I usually can find an Eagle out at Goldstream. This youngster was near the river a few weeks ago.
We are at the letter "E" for the ABC Meme and these are all my eeeees in this post.
Here is a little fence on the bridge at Esquimalt Lagoon and Fisgard Lighthouse in the background. (For Good Fences Meme)
Thank you to all my bloggers for returning to me after my year absence due to my bad eyes and leukemia. I cherish each of your friendships and appreciate your blogs as they are part of my life.
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