Monday, August 24, 2009

Birding @ the Serpentine Wildlife Area

The Serpentine Wildlife Area - better known as the Serpentine Fen - is managed by Ducks Unlimited with the co-operation of the government of British Columbia. The fen includes many different types of habitat in its 71.3 hectares, and is home to more than 130 different bird species. September and October is the busiest birding season. In the winter months, many birds shelter in the fen where there is open water and a good, natural food supply. More interesting information about the Serpentine Fen can be found HERE.

On this day, we took in only half of the Fen (after spending some time in Cougar Canyon searching for the elusive Pileated Woodpecker)
Here, in the canopy that shaded the trail leading to the look-out tower, we found this little soprano - a Song Sparrow:

We walked a little while longer and found another....singing blissfully away until we approached. Then, he shut his beak up tight and peaked out through the greenery at us, hoping to go unnoticed.

There are many areas of the fen that are off-limits to public access.
In spite of the closures, we saw a Juvenile Bald Eagle, a Parasitic Jaeger, and many Great Blue Herons. Oddly, there were only a few ducks.

This Great Blue Heron got my attention because of where he was perched (atop a swallow nesting box).

Prior to visiting the Serpentine Wildlife Area, we stopped briefly at Coyote Canyon. (Read about my first visit to the Canyon HERE).

I was thrilled to spot my very first Warbler, a male Common Yellow-Throat. It was tough to get a decent picture of this little beauty. The light was poor and I found it difficult to track him through my telephoto lens.

We wandered through the canyon for quite a while when we stumbled across this unusual work of art.

It looked like something right out of the Blair Witch Project ; stones and sticks strategically placed to form people in a circle. It was a little creepy finding this out in the middle of nowhere.

All in all, it was a good day for birdwatching. We plan to return to the Serpentine Wildlife Area to cover the remaining area on Wednesday. Perhaps, we will get an earlier start this time.

No sooner had we arrived at home, when we realized we had a rather large critter on the bird feeder. Any guesses as to what this thing is? hehe

These pigeons are actually quite pretty. It's just too bad there are so many of them.

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