The Okanagan Valley is home to a flock of wild peafowl; their domesticated ancestors were released a couple of decades ago. Did you know that peacocks are a type of pheasant?
No one thought they would survive, but they have done much better than expected and are now well established.
I encountered this one while I was out for a walk. The male approached me while two peahens wandered into a nearby yard.
He turned his back to me and started vibrating his feathers, or in other words, he was inviting me to, um, assess him. It was quite the display, but I don’t think I’m ready to become part of the peacock cult.
This is a lovely post from Cindy Knoke, but additionally you should read her ALERT at the end of the post about the WP glitch regarding “unfollows.” Apparently many bloggers are suddenly unfollowing without knowing that it’s happening.
Nuthatches are bright, lovely little birds. They are omnivores, so they eat bugs as well as seeds. I have seen them join in with a group of seed-gobbling sparrows or finches; they seem to get along well with others!
They are amazing little acrobats, too. They will climb down a tree – an unusual ability for most birds.