Thursday, 28 February 2008

Vancouver - starting the list

I was fortunate to be invited to speak at he Western Study Weekend organised by the Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia and knowing about my 'other'passion for birds, my hosts had organised some short sessions out amongst the birds in Vancouver. The first, a two hour walk spent in the 'Terra Nova' area of Richmond - near the mighty Fraser river turned up 27 species!

First bird out of the car was a Bald Eagle = awesome start!

American Robins everywhere.....

Eventually managed a pic of the very flighty Golden-crowned Kinglet....

The silence was constantly shattered by the song of Red-winged Blackbirds, singing amongst the typhae - (bit like a child playing an out of tune penny whistle) real characters.

The rain came down and Northern Harrier and Cooper's Hawk were seen and the camera went in the bag - pity as the highlight of the session was bumping into an American Bittern which we accidently flushed in the open - just 10m away - by the time I'd started to open the lens bag - it had of course scuttled to safety......

Then it was off to Van Dusen Botanic garden where I was supposed to be admiring the plants.... Wait a minute, just look at these guys!!

American Wigeon

Then, surely what will be one of the highlights of the trip - Hooded Merganser, the male simply stunning - the female just back from the hairdressers and giving the male a real 'come on'!!

Bufflehead are pretty cute too - the light was pretty grim though - black and white not easy to capture....

Then finally back to my hospitality with a Dark-eyed Juno in the rain and fading light - what a start!!

Birds from the session:

Dark eyed junco
Black-capped Chickadee
Bald Eagle
Canada Goose
Northern Flicker
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Northwestern Crow
Great Blue Heron
Fox Sparrow
Western Grebe
Common Loon
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Harrier
Northern Pintail
Horned Grebe
European Starling
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Glaucous-winged Gull
Spotted Towhee
Hooded Merganser
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Bittern

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