Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight...

After a really long hiatus from birding, I recently returned to my old stomping grounds - the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary - to see what I could find.

Spring had sprung early in British Columbia, so I wasn't very optimistic; thinking that perhaps most of the birds would be nesting far away from prying eyes. Instead, I found the trees and waterways full of beautiful songs, quacks, squeaks, and honks.  The next time you're outside, stop for just a second and listen for them.  They're ready to serenade you...without asking for your spare change :)

A Rufous Hummingbird

A Marsh Wren

A Common Yellowthroat

A Cinnamon Teal

A Great Horned Owl

A Great Blue Heron

A pair of Northern Shovelers

A Tree Swallow

A Golden-Crowned Sparrow

A Northern Pintail [my FAVORITE DUCK!]

A Song Sparrow

A Sandhill Crane

A Handsome Wood Duck

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Family Matters....

A couple of Tree Swallows discuss where to nest....

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Feathers...

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Westham Island Spring....

I celebrated the arrival of the warm sun by visiting the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island.  While there, I met many new faces and was serenaded by several different bird species, including a few that I was able to photograph: Marsh Wrens, Song Sparrows, Tree Swallows and Rufous Hummingbirds.

Many were still nesting, including the beautiful Sandhill Crane. She's currently warming two eggs, born two days apart.  Last year, this Sandhill Crane also laid two eggs.  Sadly, one drowned shortly after hatching.  The other is alive and well and thrilling Sanctuary visitors daily.

Finally, a visit to the sanctuary wouldn't be the same without the tender squeak of a mischievous, opportunistic female Wood Duck...pigging out on bird seed.

Until next time....