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.
The last time I posted for "Wings on Wednesday" was back on September 14, 2011. Thankfully, I ran into my "frenemy" and backyard predator, the Cooper's Hawk, and just had to share some of the poses with you....
He had a good "look-see" around before picking off one of the many Rock Pigeons :)
My name is Kimberley [@BCBirder on Twitter] and, when I'm not working, or taking care of my two sons, I love to spend time outdoors, observing and photographing birds and wildlife that can be found in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
My blog primarily focuses on our fine feathered friends, with an occasional frog, turtle or squirrel thrown in for good measure.