According to the 1966 Golden Field Guide Birds of North America (gifted to me by Mom) this little guy sitting out the rain at our feeder is a Skylark, common to Vancouver Island. He is very fat and often comes with his girlfriend but today he was solo, perhaps she is back at the nest sitting on eggs. I love watching them-usually they avoid coming in the rain though. He must have been hungry.
These little birds were introduced to Canada from Britain in about 1900. Since the 1970s their numbers have declined and the only place in North America you still find them is on Vancouver Island. I read one article that stated most are near Victoria and there were only about 100 pairs left.
Apparently we are extremely fortunate to have these guys feeding at our cafe! After taking these pictures three were spotted later in the day feeding together. They must have decided there were too many tourists in Victoria and flew the 300km North to the Comox Valley.
Yesterday coming back from the thrift store I saw my first baby fawn of the year, still sticky from birth. We have tons of deer around here and he was with a group of four deer by the side of the road. I need to start carrying my camera in the car!
****UPDATE**** I have been corrected - it is a Pine Siskin! This bird is not in my birding book so I was going on a Vancouver Island Birding Website but The Rambler is correct, this is definitely a Pine Siskin. Not so rare but definitely beautiful all the same and he is currently singing his brains out in my backyard. Now to find a better birding book!